"He will be produced before court today, after completing formalities".
Karim Morani might be a relatively unknown name, but he has connections in the industry and has produced big films like Ra One, Chennai Express, Yodha and Dum.
Hindi film producer Karim Morani surrendered before the Hayatnagar police here late Friday night after the Supreme Court shot down his plea for bail in a case filed against him by his daughter's friend alleging rape, cheating and wrongful confinement.
"At around midnight Morani surrendered before the Hayathnagar police", a police official posted in Hyderabad said.
Refusing to grant relief, the bench after hearing senior counsel Mukul Rohatgi for the petitioner and Ms Karuna Nandini for the rape victim asked the producer to surrender before the Telangana police as ordered by the High Court. Though it brought spotlight on crimes against women in India, however, brutal sexual attacks against women continue to be reported across India.
He was recently accused of rape by a Delhi-based 25 year old aspiring actress who in her statement said, "He repeatedly drugged and raped me".
The complainant alleged that Morani raped her in Mumbai and also at a film studio in Hyderabad in 2015 after promising to marry her. I was depressed and didn't talk to anyone about it.
However, the case has been registered under Indian Penal Code (IPC) sections of 417 (cheating), 376 (rape) 342 (wrongful confinement), 506 (criminal intimidation), 493 (cohabitation caused by a man deceitfully inducing a belief of lawful marriage). She added that the producer has taken her nude photos and blackmailing her since then.
Morani is also facing trial in 2G spectrum allocation scam case probed by CBI and a separate money laundering case by ED.