National Award-winning film director Madhur Bhandarkar is in legal trouble as a court in Mumbai, issued summons against him in a rape that took place in the year 2004. The case was filed by an upcoming star.
“The magistrate, Andheri Railway Mobile Court, today issued summons asking Madhur Bhandarkar to appear before it Oct 18 and file his statement in the case,” advocate S. Kunjuraman, lawyer for the alleged victim, Pretti Jain, told a tabloid.
The case was asked to be dismissed by the police as the victims allegations proved to be false, during the investigation.
In the year 2004, news had it that Bhandarkar was involved in a rape case. Pretti alleged that she slept with Bhandarkar from 1999-2004 as he promised her a lead role in his films and marriage.
In a statement later, Pretti alleged: “We had sex 16 times and Madhur made promises of giving me a lead role in his films. However, he didn’t offer me a lead role in any of his movies. At times when I refused, he raped me.”
In September 2005, Pretti was arrested after she reportedly hired a contract killer for Rs.70,000 to murder Bhandarkar.
In January 2006, police requested the court to dismiss the case against Bhandarkar as they had found Pretti’s allegations to be false.