Rape accused Bollywood producer Karim Morani today surrendered before the police, news agency ANI reported. The development comes a day after the Supreme Court upheld the Hyderabad High Court's decision to cancel the anticipatory bail granted to him.
A 25-year-old Delhi woman had alleged that Morani had raped her in Mumbai and at a film studio in Hyderabad in 2015 after promising to marry her.
The Hyderabad High Court of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, on September 5, had held as valid the lower court's order to cancel Morani's anticipatory bail on grounds of concealment of the fact that he has been facing criminal trial in the 2G scam case and was in jail for several months.
Hyderabad: Film Producer Kareem Morani surrenders before Police in molestation case— ANI (@ANI) September 23, 2017
A bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud said it would not interfere with the order of the High Court.
The bench did not grant 2-3 days time sought by senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi, the counsel for Morani, for surrender, and asked him to surrender at the Telangana jail. The High Court had asked him to surrender on Friday.
It was alleged that Morani had sedated the woman and raped her several times, he also took her nude photos between July 2015 and January 2016. The Dilwale producer was booked for cheating, rape, wrongful confinement), criminal intimidation), and cohabitation caused by a man deceitfully inducing a belief of marriage under the Indian Penal Code.