New Delhi: Bollywood filmmaker Mahmood Farooqui, accused of raping an American scholar, on Monday recorded his statement in a trial court and claimed innocence.

Farooqui, in the court of additional sessions judge Sanjiv Jain, refuted all allegations and termed the prosecution’s case false. His statement will continue to be recorded on November 16.

The court has finished recording statements of prosecution witnesses. However, recently, the survivor had sought to be re-examined as a prosecution witness in the matter. The plea is yet to be decided.

On September 2, the court framed charges under section 376 (rape) against Farooqui but dropped the charge of destruction of evidence. Farooqui has been accused of raping Police had, on June 29, filed a chargesheet alleging that he had raped a 30-year-old research scholar from Columbia University at his house in south Delhi’s Sukhdev Vihar on March 28 this year.

Police had also annexed medical reports of the woman and statements of over a dozen witnesses, including a common friend. The copies of the emails, the woman had sent to Farooqui and his replies apologizing to her after the assault were also attached to the chargesheet as evidence. Farooqui, co-director of popular movie Peepli Live, is presently out on interim bail.

The woman, in her complaint filed at New Friends colony police station, had alleged that Farooqui had raped her when she had gone to meet him to get help for her research work. She had claimed to have met Farooqui at Varanasi where she had gone to collect information about her research theme based on Baba Gorakhnath.

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Source: TOI-Delhi