Excerpts from the interview:
I spoke to the lady in question. She started off by saying that you got her number from someone and started chasing her after that...
Ankit: I did meet her at a Durga puja but I never chased her.
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You proposed to her in a coffee shop...
She said you took a video of her while having forced sex with her after a party...
Ankit: I was at the party she has referred to, but her charges are all false.
Merchant: Why did she not produce any such evidence in Court?
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Merchant: No, she didn't. And let me tell you the biggest irony. Her first complaint in the police station said: Ankit and I are in a healthy, consensual relationship, I have come to complain about a certain misunderstanding. Later she accused Ankit for rape and filed a FIR, but when she came to the witness box she never said anything much and produced no proof.
She says that the video was stored in the phone she had gifted you, but now that phone has disappeared...
Ankit: Is this trial by the media? The trial was completed at Sessions Court. Go to the High Court if you want but why talk rubbish in the media
Merchant: If I knew that she will come out with a new story like this after Ankit the Sessions Court verdict which went in favour of my client, I would have grilled her in the Court and exposed all her lies.
Why didn't you grill her?
Merchant: Ankit and Ankur came up to me saying, "If she's saying that it's a misunderstanding, don't pursue the matter. Just let it go."
I could have embarrassed this lady with my set of questions and trust me, I wouldn't have taken time. I had two versions from her- one which she had given to the cops and the other which she was giving in the Court. Ankit and Ankur's request stopped me from doing so.
Did the Court ask her to elaborate on the misunderstanding?
Merchant: The Court asked her, but she could not give a reply. When she had gone to the cops, she had only said that Ankit had promised to marry her but gone back on his word. She is slandering.
She says there was pressure from Ankit's side to drop the case?
Merchant: She had the facility of a lawyer. We are cancelling their bail and taking them into custody, the Court would have ordered. She was specifically asked about various things which hint at forced sex, but she denied all.
Even about the the video, sex keeping her daughter and sister outside the room, promised marriage?
Merchant: She did not say a word about all that in the Court.
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What was your relationship with her?
Has this scandal affected your work, concentration, etc?
Ankit: Mujhe last few days mein farak pada hai. The lady's interviews after my acquittal have even affected my parents for sure. I read her interviews which she gave recently including the one that appeared on SpotboyE.com and I was very miffed. Why should I be explaining after the Court has acquitted me? Shouldn't the judgment be respected?
Ankur: I must add here that I am thankful to my parents for standing by Ankit. I still remember the day my father was standing outside the police station when Ankur and I came out for the first time (Ankit's song Teri Galliyan was released the same day) and he ran up to me and said: Don't hide your face.
Were you'll hiding your face?
Ankit: Well, ek side pe haath rakhte hain na as a natural reaction. But my father didn't like it. He said: Keep that hand on your face only if your guilty.
Why was Ankur arrested along with you?
Ankit: She had alleged that Ankur put a knife on her neck and threatened her.
Ankur: She said I threatened her 'Mere bhai se door raho'. First complaint mein mera nahin tha.
Merchant: Such an offence is a non-cognizable offence, yet the cops filed a cognizable offence against Ankur. I had too many points to thrash out the case, and I repeat, these two brothers stopped me.
Merchant: Again, she never said that in the Court. And by going to Kanpur, does it imply that she indeed landed up at Ankit's house?
Did you speak to her and demand to know why she had turned against you when she lodged her first complaint?
Ankur: We didn't know anything about the first complaint until the FIR was lodged just hours before the Teri Galliyan number. I think everything was planned.
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Why would anybody want to tarnish you?
She says you were immensely drunk when you first had sex with her...
Ankit: I don't drink. I never smoke. I don't eat non-veg.
She says you lie that you are a teetotaller...
Ankit: Why would I hide it if I drink? That too in today's times?
Merchant: Is every drunk man a rapist?
Did you love her at any stage?
Ankit: Not at all. I was struggling those days aur meri lalach sirf yeh thi that I just might get some work as she was acquainted with certain events. And most of them, I met her in presence of someone or the other. Kahan pyaar? Galiyan chhod kar main pyar karun? Chalta kya? I never had any relationship with her, leave aside sexual.
If you were not attracted to her, maybe she was attracted to you?
Merchant: Aise to bahut log attract hote hain, iska yeh matlab thode hi hai ki sabhi un logonko kandhe pe bitha de.
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