Madhur Bhandarkar to face trial in Preeti Jain's rape case

On one hand Madhur Bhandarkar’s highly anticipated film, ‘Heroine’ is shaping up very well while on the other hand, he again embroiled in a rape case trial. The Bombay High court on Thursday rejected the application of the filmmaker to stay the process against him in a Mumbai metropolitan court in the Preeti Jain rape case.

"Justice R.C. Chavan today (Thursday) refused to stay the trial against Bhandarkar, stating that he will now have to face criminal trial," Jain`s lawyer S. Kunjuraman told IANS.

"Bhandarkar has tried his level best to buy time by approaching various courts and filing several pleas. But now he has exhausted all his tricks and will have to face trial," he added.

In 2004 July, upcoming model Preeti Jain lodged a complaint against Madhur Bhandarkar accusing him of raping her several times between 1999 and 2004 under the pretext of marrying her and promising her to cast her in his movies.

In September 2011, a Mumbai metropolitan court had found evidence in Jain`s complaint, issued process against Bhandarkar and directing him to face the trial.

In November last year, the filmmaker was granted anticipatory bail.