Serial abuser Rehan Qureshi, who has been accused of the alleged rape of 20 girls in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region, was granted bail in one of the cases by a Mumbai sessions court on Thursday. Qureshi is in judicial custody for the other 19 cases and is in Taloja jail.
On Thursday, Qureshi was presented at the additional sessions court for a case registered in 2016. “He has been accused of abducting and raping a 13-year-old girl. We have circumstantial evidence against him,” said an officer privy to the case.
According to Qureshi’s lawyer, Adil Khatri, Qureshi applied for bail because no chargesheet was produced despite 90 days of arrest. On Thursday, police had submitted the chargesheet, but it was put up after Qureshi filed his bail application.
“There are several Supreme Court judgments which I quoted and the court heard us and granted bail, even though police had brought the chargesheet,” said Khatri. Claiming his client was being framed by police to solve old cases, Khatri said, “They don’t have evidence against him and we are sure he will be acquitted in all cases.”
Qureshi was arrested in October 2018 by the Navi Mumbai police, after they traced him using CCTV footage. He is accused of raping minor girls in Navi Mumbai, Mumbai and Thane.