The sessions court on Thursday slapped attempt to murder and other charges on production house owner Jerrit John, who was arrested for allegedly hurling a hazardous chemical on his former girlfriend in 2012.
The court, presided over by principal judge Shalini Phansalkar-Joshi, slapped the accused with as many as five charges.
The court called John to the witness box and explained to him that he has been charged under sections 379 (committing theft), 326 (causing grievous hurt), 452 (house trespassing), 307 (attempt to murder) and 342 (wrongful confinement) of the Indian Penal Code. The court then asked John if he accepted the charges and the latter refused to accept them. Hence, the court asked the prosecution to initiate the trial in the case and adjourned the matter to April 7.
John, who owns a TV production house called 'No Nonsense', was arrested in November 2012. He is accused of throwing a chemical at Aryanka Hosbetkar, 26, an international-level cyclist, at her residence in Worli. The two were facing problems in their 10-month-old relationship after Hosbetkar learnt that John was married and had a five-year-old son. John wanted to marry Hosbetkar. According to police, before the November incident, he had twice threatened to kill her.