Peepli Live Co-Director Mahmood Farooqui Acquitted Of Rape Charges By Delhi HC

Mahmood Farooqui was found guilty of raping a US citizen by a Sessions Court in 2016. The Peepli Live co-director challenged the verdict in the Delhi High Court and he has now been cleared of all charges

The Delhi High Court on Monday cleared Peepli Live co-director Mahmood Farooqui of rape charges, setting aside a lower court’s verdict that sentenced him to seven years in jail.

Farooqui was given the prison term after a sessions court found him guilty in 2016 of raping an American woman of Indian descent. The High Court has now dismissed the rape charges levelled against the 44-year-old filmmaker and given him the benefit of doubt.

On June 19, 2015, an FIR was lodged against Farooqui. In the charge sheet, police alleged that Farooqui had raped the research scholar from Columbia University at his Sukhdev Vihar house in South Delhi on March 28, 2015.

The trial began on September 9, 2015, and on July 30, 2016, the court held Farooqui guilty of rape. He was sentenced to seven years in jail and fined Rs 50,000. The film-maker had then challenged his conviction and the sentence in High Court.

Farooqui has now been acquitted by the Delhi HC. The director will soon be released from jail and will be a free man.

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