The Supreme Court on Friday upheld the acquittal of Peepli Live co-director Mahmood Farooqui in an alleged rape case. The SC dismissed the plea of the woman, a United States citizen, against Farooqui’s acquittal by the Delhi High Court in September 2017.
It was a big relief for the man. The Supreme Court on Friday upheld the acquittal of Peepli Live co-director Mahmood Farooqui in an alleged rape case. The SC dismissed the plea of the woman, a United States citizen, against Farooqui’s acquittal by the Delhi High Court in September 2017. The court directed that Farooqi, who is presently in jail, be released forthwith. The case was decided by a bench of Justice S A Bobde and Justice L Nageswar Rao.
Earlier, the High Court had set aside a trial court order sentencing him to seven years in jail for the alleged offence. “It remains in doubt whether such an incident, as has been narrated… took place, and if at all it had taken place, it was without the consent/will of the prosecutrix (the woman), and if it was without the consent. whether the appellant (Farooqui) could discern/understand the same,” Justice Ashutosh Kumar had said while acquitting Farooqui. The judgment had also stated that “No” might not always mean no and that there were examples of “woman’s behavior (where)… a feeble ‘no’ may mean a ‘yes’,” in cases of intimacy.
Contrary to this, the trial court, during its proceedings of the case, had said that the testimony of the woman was “truthful and credible and can be relied upon as being of sterling worth for the purpose of conviction of the accused”.
An FIR had been registered against Farooqui on June 19, 2015 based on the complaint of the woman, a research scholar from a US-based university, following which he was arrested. She had alleged that Farooqui had raped her on March 28, 2015, at his Sukhdev Vihar residence. The trial in the case began on September 9, 2015 and Farooqui was convicted of rape on July 30, 2016. He then filed an appeal in the High Court against the order.