Advocate Sushan Kunjuraman, representing actor Preeti Jain, who had filed a case against noted film director Madhur Bhandarkar accusing him of raping her, today said that accused Bhandarkar is making false statements to the media that he is approaching the Bombay High Court with an appeal challenging the lower court order which had summon director on the complaint moved by Jain.
”After the last hearing, the director issued a press note to media houses informing them that he would be going to the High Court with his appeal, however, till now he has done nothing and is spreading rumours about this,” he said.
Earlier, Bhandarkar, in a release, had told the media, ”As the lower court has issued a process against me, for a case which has been going on for seven years, I would like to state here after reading the judgment that, we will challenge this order in higher courts and seek justice. Now, since the Magistrate Court has issued a process against me in this case, my lawyer will take all legal remedies. I have full faith and respect for the judiciary and I am confident of proving myself innocent.” In September 2005, Preeti was arrested after she reportedly hired a contract killer for Rs 70,000 to murder Bhandarkar. In January 2006, police requested the court to dismiss the case against Bhandarkar as they had found Preeti’s allegations to be false.