Ankit Tiwari acquitted of rape charges after complainant declared hostile witness

Singer Ankit Tiwari was arrested in 2014 on charges of rape pressed by his rumoured ex-girlfriend.

PTI April 28, 2017 11:07:24 IST
Ankit Tiwari acquitted of rape charges after complainant declared hostile witness

Mumbai: Hindi film singer Ankit Tiwari was today acquitted of raping a woman. A sessions court in Mumbai acquitted Tiwari today after the complaint, allegedly his former girlfriend, turned hostile and failed to support the prosecution version during the trial.

Ankit Tiwari acquitted of rape charges after complainant declared hostile witness

File photo of Ankit Tiwari. IBNLive

Additional Sessions Judge SKS Razvi also acquitted Tiwari's brother Ankur of the charges of threatening the complainant.

Tiwari, a playback singer, was arrested in May 2014 by suburban Versova police in the case. He was later released on bail.

The complainant, allegedly his former girlfriend, had claimed that he raped her on several occasions between October 2012 and December 2013 after promising to marry her, but did not keep the promise.

"The prosecution could not prove its case," said Tiwari's lawyer Rizwan Merchant. The complainant didn't support the prosecution case during her testimony in the court and was declared 'hostile witness'.

 

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