Few days ago, Mumbai sessions court acquitted composer-singer Ankit Tiwari of rape charges levelled by a woman in March 2014 as the victim and other witnesses disowned their statements. Also, the prosecution failed to prove the case in absence of other evidences.
After his acquittal, Ankit Tiwari in an interview to a leading daily, expressed his trauma and also indicated how he was falsely implicated in the case. But unfortunately his interview has turned the complainant hostile yet again.
While speaking to the daily, she said “I decided to withdraw the case after fighting for almost a year, as Ankit and his family pleaded saying that it was affecting his career. My family and husband (she got married in 2015) were pressured by them and their lawyer, Neeraj Gupta. I agreed and in return, asked them to apologise to my parents, who were insulted by them. I also got it in writing that they would never give a statement — direct or indirect — against me or on the case once they were acquitted, failing which I would be free to initiate any legal action I deem fit. They have not only tried to tarnish my image by claiming that they are innocent, but have also gone all out to prove that the case was false.”
Now, she decided to reopen the case and move the High court. she said, “I withdrew the case with good intent, but their behaviour has angered me. I have now decided to take the case ahead. I will file a re-petition before the High Court in a week to reopen the case. I have enough proof to establish my case.”
The woman, who Ankit was allegedly dating then, had filed a case against him in March 2014 for sexually assaulting her several times between October 2012 and December 2013 after promising to marry her. She had also filed a case against Ankur for threatening her. Ankit was subsequently arrested by the Mumbai Police on May 8, 2014 and later let out on bail.