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Bollywood singer Ankit Tiwari acquitted in rape case

Mumbai Bollywood singer Ankit Tiwari was today acquitted of raping a woman.

A sessions court here today acquitted Tiwari after the complaint, allegedly his former girl friend, turned hostile and failed to support the prosecution version during the trial.

Additional Sessions Judge SKS Razvi also acquitted Tiwari’s brother Ankur of the charges of of threatening the complainant.

Tiwari, a playback singer, was arrested in May 2014 by suburban Versova police in the case. He was later released on bail.

The complainant, allegedly his former girlfriend, had claimed that he raped her on several occasions between October 2012 and December 2013 after promising to marry her, but did not keep the promise.

“The prosecution could not prove its case,” said Tiwari’s lawyer Rizwan Merchant.

The complainant didn’t support the prosecution case during her testimony in the court and was declared ‘hostile witness’.

—PTI