'Chennai Express' film producer Karim Morani surrenders in rape case

'Chennai Express' film producer Karim Morani surrenders in rape case

Bollywood producer Karim Morani surrendered at the Hayatnagar police station in Hyderabad after being charged of allegedly raping a 25-year-old-woman on multiple occasions.

Karim Morani is a well-known name in Bollywood and the producer has produced several superhit films.

The complainant alleged that Morani raped her in Mumbai and also at a film studio in Hyderabad in 2015 after promising to marry her.

Again Morani moved Supreme Court with a petition seeking to reconsider the HC's order, but the apex court on Friday dismissed Morani's petition and asked Morani on Friday to immediately surrender before Hayathnagar police.

A bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra said in New Delhi that anticipatory bail was an antithesis of legal provisions governing sexual assault cases and rejected repeated pleas from Morani's counsel Mukul Rohatgi for extension of the September 22 deadline for the producer to surrender.

The High Court on September 5 had upheld the decision of the sessions court cancelling Morani's bail. The woman said she met Morani at a wedding of his relative, her friend, in December 2014.

"I didn't know what was happening nor did I know how to react".

Morani is not new to the court as he has been also accused in the 2G scam case. But now after going through so much, I felt the need to fight.

"He repeatedly drugged and raped me".

After the complaint was filed, Morani was booked under IPC Section 376 for rape, Section 417 for cheating, Section 342 for wrongful confinement and Section 506 for criminal intimidation. "He threatened to shoot me and blackmailed me with nude pictures of mine which he had clicked", she said in an interview with India Today.