Film Producer Karim Morani Asked to Surrender in Alleged Rape Case

The top court on Tuesday reserved its order on a petition challenging Karim Morani’s bail in a rape case. 

A local court has cancelled the anticipatory bail of Bollywood film producer Karim Morani, who was booked for allegedly raping a Delhi-based woman.

The Fourth Additional Metropolitan Sessions Court at L B Nagar in Hyderabad, cancelled Morani's bail yesterday and directed him to surrender before the Hayathnagar police on or before March 22.

The woman, aged around 25, who is a friend of Morani’s daughter, had lodged a complaint with Hayathnagar Police in January this year, alleging that he had raped her on different occasions in Mumbai and at a film studio in Hyderabad in 2015.

She had also alleged that Morani made a false promise of marrying her, police said based on the complaint.

Based on the complaint, a case was filed under IPC sections 417 (cheating), 376 (rape), 342 (wrongful confinement), 506 (criminal intimidation), 493 (cohabitation caused by a man deceitfully inducing a belief of lawful marriage) and others. Later, Morani had obtained anticipatory bail from a local Hyderabad court on January 30.

However, the police then filed a petition in court seeking cancellation of his anticipatory bail.

J Narender Goud, Inspector, Hayathnagar police stationAfter the court granted him anticipatory bail, we opposed and filed bail cancellation application and produced evidence in the court. The court, while upholding the arguments of the prosecution, cancelled Morani’s anticipatory bail and directed him to surrender before police on or before March 22.

Morani has previously produced movies like Yodha (1991) and Dum (2003). He was also the co-producer of Shah Rukh Khan starrers Dilwale (2015), Happy New Year (2014), Chennai Express (2013) and Ra.One (2011).