Mumbai: The appeal filed by Bollywood star Shiney Ahuja, who was charged of raping her 20-year-old domestic help, has been expedited by the Bombay High Court over a verdict of a lower court that sentenced him to jail after he pleaded that pendency of "frivolous conviction" was tormenting him and he wanted to start life afresh.
Shiney was sentenced to seven years' rigorous imprisonment by a fast-track sessions court in March 2011.
Ahuja's counsel Ashok Mundargi on Tuesday reportedly said that the DNA test results, the domestic help's evidence as well as the circumstantial evidence did not support the case against him.
"Let the man start his life afresh. There has been a lot of prejudice against him," Mundargi argued.
There is a facade that 'a reel hero is also a hero in real'. Bollywood celebrities are portrayed in an iconic way on the big screens but the stars of the Tinsel town are simple, common man who make mistakes and also face prison.
The jail term of few Bollywood elites proves the stiffness of the Indian law that differentiates the loyals from the royals.
Here are the names of those celebrities, take a look:
The first and the foremost is the star who resides on the lips of millions. Salman Khan apparently is one of the most indigenous icons of the Indian Film Industry who is inking a successful story in the B-Town from the past many years. His superstar tag never acted as an obstruction while he comes up to help the needy. An instance to
Salman's generosity is his own charitable trust 'Being Human' that works for the noble cause and has become a brand across the nation.
There are many successful stories added to Salman's feat but Khan's black side was revealed after he hunted endangered black bucks while shooting for the film Hum Sath Sath Hain in Jodhpur, Rajasthan. On February 2006, Khan was sentenced to one year in prison. The sentence was stayed by a higher court during appeal. On 10 April 2006, he was handed a five year jail term and remanded to Jodhpur jail until 13 April when he was granted bail. On 24 July 2012, Rajasthan High Court finalised charges against Salman Khan and his other colleagues in the endangered black buck killing case, paving way for start of the trial.
The next big name on our list is Bollywood's official 'Munna Bhai' Sanjay Dutt. Industry insider say that Sanjay fondly known as Sanju too has a generous heart but the superstar of the tinsel town too has a darker side.
On April 19, 1993, Dutt was held under the Terrorist and Disruptive Activities Act (TADA) for interacting with the terrorists and illegal weapons possession. He was in jail for 16 months until he was granted bail in October 1995 by the Supreme Court of India. In December 1995, he was re-arrested and re-released in April 1997. From 2006 to 2007, Dutt spent 7 months in Arthur Road Prison and Pune Prison on three occasions for arms offences.
In 2006, Dutt was finally acquitted of any TADA-related offenses but was charged under the illegal possession of arms act.
In November 1993, a 90,000-page long primary chargesheet was filed against the 189 accused in the 1993 Mumbai bomb blasts case including Sanjay.
In March 2006, the prosecution said that Salem delivered 9 AK-56 rifles and some hand grenades to Dutt at his Bandra house in the second week of January 1993 when a case was being framed against extradited Abu Salem and co-accused Riyaz Siddiqui in the 1993 Mumbai bomb blasts case.
On February 13, 2006, Mumbai police arrested Abdul Qayyum Abdul Karim Shaikh, a close aide of Dawood Ibrahim for his role in the 1993 Mumbai blasts. Sanjay Dutt named Qayuum in his confessional statement.
On July 31, 2007, Dutt was sentenced to six years rigorous imprisonment for illegally possessing weapons.
At the same time, Dutt was also "cleared of terrorism conspiracy charges in the blasts" related to the 1993 bombings.
On 2 August 2007, Sanjay Dutt was moved from Arthur Road jail in Mumbai to the Yerwada Central Jail in Pune.
On 7 August 2007, Dutt appealed the sentence.
On 20 August 2007, the Supreme Court of India granted Dutt interim bail. He was released after Yerwada Central Jail authorities received a copy of the court's bail order.
On August 23, 2007, Dutt was released from jail.
On October 22, 2007, Dutt was back in jail but again applied for bail.
On November 27, 2007, Dutt was granted bail by the Supreme Court. He currently has an appeal for an acquittal pending.
The next in our list is Shiney Ahuja who was arrested in 2009 after her 20-year old maid accused him of raping her. Ahuja initially claimed that he had consensual sex with his maidservant, but later broke down and confessed that it was rape." In 2011 he was convicted and sentenced to seven years imprisonment. On April 27, 2011 he was released on bail until his appeal hearing. Today, the Bombay High court expedited Shiney Ahuja's appeal against conviction in rape case.