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Delhi High Court Acquits 'Peepli Live' Director Mahmood Farooqui In Rape Case

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| September 25 , 2017 , 15:51 IST

Bollywood hit 'Peepli Live' director Mahmood Farooqui has been acquitted by the Delhi High Court in the rape case of American women.

Delhi High Court, putting aside the trial court's verdict that held the director guilty and had sentenced him to seven-year imprisonment, directed jail authorities to release him forthwith.

The Bollywood director was convicted of raping a 35-year-old American woman, a student of Columbia University who was in India to complete her doctoral thesis research.

Hearing the case, Justice Ashutosh Kumar raised questions over the veracity of the incident and noted the delay in filing of the First Information Report (FIR) by the victim. He also raised doubts whether there was consent or the accused understood that there was no consent.

Earlier, a fast track court on July 30, 2016, had held Farooqui guilty of rape and had stated that the statement of the victim was of "sterling quality" with no embellishments or improvements.

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Supporting the conviction, the court concluded with the statement that the victim's testimony was truthful.

According to the police report, the had met at a party after which both of them went to the residence of Farooqui, who was heavily intoxicated, where he asked her to go to the other room which was his office. 20 minutes later, she left the office room to smoke on the porch when he told her to come in and sit down.

The prosecution argued that after talking with her for a while, Farooqui suddenly kissed her and forced himself on her.

The women was scared after the incident, the prosecution added.

During the trial, the American researcher stood by her complaint and alleged that Farooqui had raped her, while he denied the allegations, and claimed he was falsely implicated.