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#MenToo: Actor-singer Karan Oberoi's bail plea to be heard today

Oberoi's counsel, Dinesh Tiwari, called the allegations in the FIR, filed earlier this month, 'absurd'.

Updated: May 15, 2019, 01.25 PM IST
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Oberoi's counsel called the allegations in the FIR, filed earlier this month, 'absurd'.
MUMBAI: Actor Karan Oberoi's bail plea was on Tuesday after the woman who has accused him of rape sought to be heard. Oberoi's counsel, Dinesh Tiwari, called the allegations in her FIR, filed earlier this month, "absurd" and said, "It was at best something consensual which was going nowhere."

Tiwari told the court that text messages between the actor and the woman, a 34-year-old astrologer, establishes that.

The woman's counsels, Ali Kaashif Khan and Sheetal Pandya, sought to intervene to oppose Oberoi's plea. A heated argument ensued between the lawyers in the Dindoshi sessions court of Judge SU Baghele.

Tiwari said, "She (the astrologer) is trying to extract vendetta by delaying the hearing to keep my client behind bars unnecessarily longer. This is a false allegation by the applicant because the relationship was not going anywhere."

He also argued that there are precedents setting judgments that bar such intervention by a first informant at this stage, when the public prosecutor is there to argue on behalf of the prosecution.

But Khan persisted in seeking a hearing deferment, asking for time to be able to reply after getting a copy of the bail application.

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Oberoi's counsel, Dinesh Tiwari, said, "It was at best something consensual which was going nowhere."

Judge Baghele looked at the prosecutor and said, "If the informant wants time, I will have to grant ad-interim bail" to Oberoi. Khan immediately said, "Just want one day." He said the plea can be heard on Wednesday morning as the first matter. He sought a copy of the plea and Tiwari said he would hand it right away, "within half an hour". The court posted the matter for hearing "first thing on Wednesday".

Meanwhile, the Oshiwara police's reply opposing Oberoi's plea was filed. The police objected to his bail on the grounds that it is a "serious" case and they fear he may "threaten ... witnesses, including his domestic helps at home". They expressed "strong suspicion" that if released, he may interfere with the probe, since statements of witnesses are yet to be recorded by the police.

Senior inspector D P Sonawane's objection to Oberoi's bail plea in the police reply is also "because he has cheated the informant of Rs 20 lakh, including cash and domestic goods, and while police have seized items worth Rs 1.77 lakh, the remaining is yet to be seized". The police reply mentions that "between 2016, when they (the actor and the astrologer) met, till 2018, when they started arguing" he had time and again shown her "promise of marriage" and got her to get a big bed, gold rings, refrigerator, dining table and other household items.

The fourth floor court room at the court complex in Goregaon (east) had Oberoi's sister Bani present, along with several of his friends, including his boy band members Chintoo Bhosale, Siddharth Haldipur, Sherrin Verghese and their manager Varkey Patani. The complainant's 'Rakhi brother' Shadaab Patel too was present.

Tiwari also told the court that he intends to argue about how "women-related laws are being misused and It's time that police need to be sensitised about this".

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2018: The Year Of #MeToo In India

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2018 saw the rise of the #MeToo movement in India. Inspired by a global campaign against sexual harassment and assault, women across the spectrum opened up and shared their stories about abuse by men in positions of power. And it began in October with actress Tanushree Dutta accusing actor Nana Patekar of sexual harassment while shooting for the 2008 film 'Horn Ok Please'. What followed was a series of posts by other women who shared their experiences with the world. From actors, film directors to advertising top guns, artists and writers and politicians, women professionals called out obnoxious behaviour at the workplace. From unwanted attention in the office to sexual innuendos on the film set, there were many kinds of allegations that surfaced. As the year ends, we look back at all those who were accused of inappropriate behaviour and harassment. (In Pic: From top left, Nana Patekar, Aditi Mittal, Subhash Ghai, Anirban Das Blah. From bottom left, Alok Nath, Sajid Khan, Jatin Das, Vikas Bahl)

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