‘Aashiqui 2’ singer Ankit Tiwari arrested on rape charge

Bollywood singer who rose to fame with the song, ‘Sun Raha Hai’ from ‘Aashiqui 2’ has been arrested by Versova police for raping his former girlfriend and model Nidhi Khanna.

The girl lodged a complaint against Ankit and his brother. She claimed that Ankit’s brother threatened her with dire consequences if she approaches police for sexual assault. Nidhi claimed that Ankit raped on the pretext of marring her.

On the basis of the complaint, Tiwari and his brother were arrested on Wednesday. "Tiwari has been arrested under IPC's sections 376 for rape and 506 for criminal intimidation, apart from other sections. His brother has also been arrested," said an official from the Versova police. Police official added that the duo will be produced at Andheri court today. The duo will be sent to police custody for further investigation.

The girl was sent for medical examination and reports are awaited. Tiwari recently won some prestigious IIFA awards for best music direction.

Ankit's lawyer Nagesh Mishra said: "Ankit has not been in touch with the girl since one year and before that he was in a relationship with her for a couple of years." "He has been accused of rape and molestation under sections 376 (rape), 417 (cheating) and 493 (cohabitation by a man deceitfully inducing a belief of lawful marriage) of the IPC (Indian Penal Code)," he added. "Nidhi is an advertising person. She is a divorcee and has a 12-year-old child," Mishra said.

This is not the first case of rape and molestation slapped in any Bollywood celebrities. It was not too late when Inder Kumar was arrested for alleging raping a 22-year-old aspiring actress. Shiney Ahuja was arrested on June 14, 2009 after his maid accused him of rape.