In the previous hearing on the plea last month, granting Pancholi (54) interim pre-arrest bail, the sessions court had observed that false implication could not be ruled out. The sessions court took into consideration that on June 25 a magistrate had issued process against the actress in a defamation case Pancholi had filed against her in 2017. The sessions court also said that the allegations made by the actress also pertained to incidents from 2004-09.
“Considering that there is a considerable delay in lodging the report & as the present report has been lodged after the issuance of process by the magistrate against the victim, that too the very next day, false implication of the applicant (Pancholi) cann’t be ruled out at this stage. The applicant has thus, made out a prima facie case for granting pre-arrest bail at this stage,” the sessions court had said.
On Wed, the sessions court adjourned the hearing after the actress’s advocate submitted that the intervention application opposing his plea was wrongly filed in the name of the actress’s sister. The lawyer told the sessions court he wanted time to rectify the mistake & file the appropriate application. Considering the submission, the sessions court adjourned the hearing to Sep 9.
On June 27, the Versova police had registered a case of rape, extortion & criminal intimidation, among other charges, against Pancholi.