Bollywood actor Shiney Ahuja, in police custody facing the charge of raping his teenaged housemaid, is in serious trouble as medical tests confirmed rape, while his lawyer Tuesday said any further action for his defence can come only after the charge sheet is filed.
"The findings of the medical report confirm the statements in the victim's first information report (FIR), " Deputy Commissioner of Police (Zone VI) Niket Kaushik told Tuesday.
In another disclosure, the official said that a physical examination of the victim indicated she could be aged between 17 -18 years, making her a minor as per Indian laws.
"In order to determine her correct age, we are now planning to send her for appropriate dental and bone examination. So I cannot comment anything on this aspect immediately, " Kaushik said.
The actor's lawyer Shrikant Shivede told: "He's in the police station for interrogation as of now. No charge sheet has been filed yet. so we'll think of something when the charge sheet is filed."
The actor’s behaviour when the police team went to his Tarapore Towers flat to question him on Sunday evening also roused suspicion, say cops.
“We were shocked to see Ahuja sitting comfortably with his friends and enjoying a TV show. He was very calm and comfortable until he saw police and the maid’s relative at his door. He probably, never thought that the matter would go to the police,” said an officer privy to the investigations, on condition of anonymity.
“An ordinary man will be terrified right after the incident and will be ill at ease constantly thinking what if the victim goes and tells someone. He will try to do many things to make sure that the victim doesn’t squeal.
But Ahuja seemed pretty comfortable watching TV with no fear whatsoever. However once he realised why the police had come to his house he started trembling,” the officer added.
Additional CP (Western Region) Amitabh Gupta said, “We are checking his record. Until now we have not found any complaint on record against him. But our investigation is on and we are interrogating various people.”
In his statement to the police Shiney Ahuja has stated that he had flirted with the maid on Saturday, and as she made no objections to his advances, he was emboldened and got carried away.
He added that he never 'intended to rape the maid', but termed it an 'accident'.
Soon after his arrest on Sunday, Shiney told the police that he never thought the maid would approach the police and lodge a complaint against him.
He reportedly said, "Maine usey Saturday ke din cheda tha tho usne kuch nahi kaha, aur isliye maine agle din socha ki usse koi problem nahi hai kyunki usne mujhe kuch nahi kaha."
During his statement, Shiney broke down and apologised for the crime. "Woh ek haadsa tha, jo mujhse ho gaya."
On Sunday, the maid lodged a complaint against Shiney, accusing him of raping her, threatening to kill and illegally confining her, leading to the actor's arrest.
The actor was produced before a magistrate in suburban Andheri court Monday afternoon under tight security and was Monday remanded to police custody till June 18.
The victim used to commute by local train from Vasai suburb in neighbouring Thane district to Shiney's home daily for doing cooking and other chores along with two other part-time servants.
Police say that after interrogation, Shiney said he had "a physical relationship" with the victim. He has reportedly said he could have committed the crime in a drunken state.
He is said to be living separately from his wife Anupama, who has rushed from the US to Mumbai. The couple has a daughter.
"I love my husband...He is a wonderful father, a great partner and most importantly, he is an innocent man. I stand by him with all my soul, with all my heart, with all my love, " Anupama told a TV channel.
She also slammed the reports that the actor had "confessed" to raping his maid. "It is a lie...utter rubbish, " she said. Shiney's parents, who stay in Noida near New Delhi, too have flown here.
Asked how they were coping with news, lawyer Shivede said: "Of course, they are shocked. They are not happy."
Shiney is an alumnus of the Army Public School and Hansraj College, New Delhi. He started his acting career in 2003 with the critically acclaimed "Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi". Later, he acted in movies like "Gangster", "Karam", "Woh Lamhe", "Fanaa", "Hijack", "Life in a Metro" and the box-office hit "Bhool Bhulaiyya". He has bagged over half a dozen acting awards in the past six years for his roles.