Popular playback singer Ankit Tiwari was today arrested for allegedly raping his female friend on several occasions for over a year on the pretext of marriage, police said.
24-year-old Tiwari, known for his popular song 'Sun Raha Hai Na' from 'Aashiqui 2', was arrested by Versova police this morning after the woman, who is said to be his girlfriend, complained that he sexually assaulted her between October 2012 and December 2013 assuring marriage but failed to keep the promise, they said.
Ankit's brother Ankur was also arrested for threatenig the woman with dire consequences over the period of time.
In her complaint to police yesterday, the victim accused Ankit of repeatedly raping her since October 2012 for over a year with the promise to marry her. When Ankit failed to keep his promise, she approached the police. Ankit has been booked under IPC sections 376 (rape), 493 (cohabitation caused by a man deceitfully inducing a belief of lawful marriage), and 506(2) (criminal intimidation) while his brother was charged with criminal intimidation.
Lawyer Nagesh Mishra, representing both the accused, trashed the charges saying they were completely fabricated and filed to extort money from Ankit. "Why was the victim silent all this while? When she learnt that Ankit has become successful in his career, she came to us to demand money. But when we flatly refused to pay, she filed a false complaint against my clients," Mishra told PTI.