Shiney groped in lock-up
|Shiney Ahuja had an eventful Thursday. For the first time since his arrest, he looked less troubled and was seen chatting and exchanging smiles with his family. Before the court proceedings started, he shouted, “I love you,” to his wife Anupam, who responded with equal glee.
Ahuja was produced by the Oshiwara police in Andheri court, which sent him to judicial custody till July 2.
While the order came in the first half of the day, the procedures to transfer him to Arthur Road jail took the whole day. And till then, Ahuja had to share space with 15 inmates, arrested for different offences, in the court lock-up.
They instantly recognised Ahuja saying: “Arey yeh to wohi filmstar hai, jisne apni bai ka game bajaya. (This is the movie star who raped his maid)” Sources say they began teasing him and even slapped him. “They were groping Ahuja every now and then; some even behaved inappropriately,” said a constable.
Ahuja soon started crying and called a policeman for help. He was then separated from the others and put in a corner of the cell. A guard was placed in the lock-up to avoid further escalation.
But the ordeal was yet not over.
At around 7.30 pm, when the police was taking Ahuja to the Arthur Road jail with the other accused, they started abusing him again and created a ruckus. However, police brought the situation under control.The proceedings
Inside the court, police argued for Ahuja’s police custody on the grounds that the victim’s medical examination had confirmed rape; and that it was awaiting forensic results on whether Ahuja had consumed alcohol or drugs at the time of crime. Surprisingly, there was no mention of them waiting for his DNA test nor was any fresh reason cited for Ahuja’s custody.
Ahuja’s lawyer, Shrikant Shivade, argued that the actor’s custody was no longer needed for investigations and that the police’s remand application was similar to the previous one. “Not a comma or full stop has been changed,” he told court.
Shivade also said that if his client had given any confessional statement, the police should produce it in the court and that the media should be held accountable for printing such stories.
Shivade also moved an application asking why his client had been handcuffed. After the court passed its order, Shivade told the media that he would move the Sessions court on Friday for Ahuja’s bail.
Meanwhile, police recorded two more statements in the case - of Adarsh Gupta and Sanjeet Kaur. These were the first people the victim and her aunt approached on Sunday. They had helped the maid register a complaint.
Police is also planning to record statements of witnesses under Section 164 of the CrPC (Code of Criminal Procedure) - the statement is recorded in front of a magistrate and cannot be retracted. As the witnesses are poor migrants, there is a possibility that they might not be available during the trial. DCP (zone IX) Niket Kaushik said, “Though we have full faith in our witnesses, we are examining the possibility of recording statement in front of a magistrate.”
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