Filmmaker Mahmood Farooqui sentenced to 7 years jail in rape case2 min read . Updated: 04 Aug 2016, 05:10 PM IST
The court also imposed a fine of `50,000 on Bollywood film 'Peepli Live' co-director Mahmood Farooqui and said the amount be given to the rape victim
New Delhi: Bollywood film ‘Peepli Live’ co-director Mahmood Farooqui was on Thursday sentenced to seven years imprisonment by a Delhi court for raping a US researcher in New Delhi last year.
Additional sessions judge Sanjiv Jain awarded the minimum jail term prescribed for the offence to Farooqui, who was produced in the court in custody. The court also imposed a fine of ₹ 50,000 on the 44-year-old filmmaker and said the amount be given to the victim, failing which he would have to undergo an additional imprisonment of three months. It also tasked the Delhi Legal Service Authority to decide appropriate compensation for the woman.
The court had on 30 July held him guilty of raping the American woman last year at his house in a drunken state. During the arguments on sentence earlier, Delhi Police had sought life imprisonment for the filmmaker, saying the crime perpetrated on the foreigner has brought “disrepute" to India.
Farooqui’s counsel Nitya Ramakrishnan had said that the filmmaker suffered from bipolar disorder and has fully cooperated in the case, and should be given a chance to reform. Seeking stringent punishment for Farooqui, complainant’s counsel Vrinda Grover had said, “The foreigner (victim) was here for research work but was raped by a person she knew, who was her friend and whom she had trusted".
Farooqui, who was out on bail, was taken into custody immediately after his conviction in the case. Prosecutor Mohammed Ikrar had earlier said that the woman, in her complaint, had alleged that Farooqui was drunk when he raped her at his house where she had gone to seek his help for her research work in March last year.
The police had on 19 June 2015 lodged the FIR against Farooqui on the woman’s complaint after which he was arrested. The police had on 29 July last year filed a chargesheet against Farooqui, alleging he had raped the research scholar from Columbia University at his Sukhdev Vihar house in south Delhi on 28 March last year. The court had on 9 September 2015, started the trial in the case after framing rape charge against Farooqui and the victim, based in the US, had appeared in the court on 14 September 2015 to record her statement.
The woman had, during the in-camera proceedings, alleged that Farooqui had raped her and later apologised to her in several e-mails exchanged between them. Later, however, Farooqui had denied the allegations against him, saying he was falsely implicated by the woman.