Mumbai: The ‘Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi’ Bollywood star Shiney Ahuja was granted bail by Bombay High Court in the 2009 domestic rape case nearly after a month he was sentenced to seven years in jail by a Mumbai Sessions Court. He was granted bail on a cash-bond of Rs 50,000.

“While granting him bail, Justice AR Joshi asked Shiney to furnish a bail bond of Rs 50,000,” said Ahuja's lawyer Shrikant Shivade.

Seeking bail for his client, Shiney's lawyer, senior counsel Shirish Gupte, said the actor was convicted even when there was no allegation of rape against him. The victim had told the trial court that there was no intercourse or rape, and she had given a false statement to the police at the behest of one Rekha Mane, who allegedly had enmity with Shiney.

The court has, however, restricted Ahuja's travel outside India without permission. Ahuja will also have to present himself to investigating agencies whenever required.

In his appeal to the Bombay High Court, Ahuja had claimed that he had been falsely implicated in the case.

Ahuja was arrested on June 15, 2009, after preliminary medical tests on the girl confirmed sexual assault. He was charged under the Indian Penal Code (IPC) Section 376 with rape, along with wrongful restraint and intimidation.

The Bombay High Court had granted him bail in October 2009.

More than a year after accusing Ahuja of rape, the domestic help in September 2010 told the court that the rape never took place. The medical examination in June 2009, however, confirmed rape.

Agencies