1 oct : Three-and-a-half months after his arrest for allegedly raping his domestic help, actor Shiney Ahuja on Thursday got bail from the Bombay High Court on the condition that he will stay in Delhi till the trial commenced to ensure that there was no tampering of evidence.
The court asked the 36-year old actor to pay a surety amount of Rs.50,000 within three weeks, surrender his passport and refrain from offering any inducement to witnesses, directly or indirectly.
“There are two aspects in such cases-an accused may try to flee or tamper with the evidence. In this case, since he is a permanent resident of Mumbai, he may not try to flee and to ensure that there is no tampering of evidence, certain conditions must be put,” Justice A P Deshpande observed.
Shiney, who hails from Delhi, will have to report to the police station nearest to his place of stay at regular intervals.
Reacting to the High Court order, the actor’s wife, Anupam, looking relieved said, ” I’m overwhelmed to hear that Shiney has been granted bail. From day one, I have been saying that this is a frame up. We’ve full faith in the judiciary. He will be finally back with the family”.
Shiney was arrested on 15th June after his maid lodged a complaint with Oshivara police station that the actor had raped her at his residence.
The wife and child of the actor were not at home when the alleged incident occurred. He will be released on bail from the Arthur Road jail.