Journalist Varun Hiremath gets anticipatory bail in rape case

The Delhi Excessive Court docket on Thursday granted anticipatory bail to Mumbai-based journalist Varun Hiremath within the rape case registered in opposition to him by Delhi Police in February. Hiremath was granted interim safety from arrest by the courtroom on April 9 and later joined the investigation.

Justice Mukta Gupta on Thursday, whereas saying the order in Hiremath’s bail plea, mentioned, “I’ve disposed of the applying, granted anticipatory bail however I’m not importing the order on the web site as a result of I’ve famous the assertion beneath Part 164 CrPC”.

The courtroom had earlier held an in digicam listening to within the case and reserved the order on April 19.

Hiremath, an anchor with ET Now, had been on the run since February 23 when the FIR was registered in opposition to him beneath IPC sections 376 (punishment for offence of rape), 342 (punishment for wrongful confinement) and 509 (phrase, gesture or act meant to insult modesty of a girl) at Chanakyapuri police station. His utility for anticipatory bail was dismissed by the decrease courtroom on March 12 and a non-bailable warrant was additionally issued in opposition to him earlier this month. After the Excessive Court docket granted him safety from arrest topic to his becoming a member of investigation, he got here out of hiding and appeared earlier than the police.

The girl, in her criticism and assertion earlier than the Justice of the Peace, has alleged that she was raped by Hiremath at a five-star lodge in Chanakyapuri on February 20. Nevertheless, Hiremath has argued that he has been falsely implicated within the case and no matter befell between him and the girl was consensual.

The decrease courtroom, whereas declining the pre-arrest bail to Hiremath, had noticed that “from her earlier experiences with the accused, the consent can’t be implied” as Part 53A of Indian Proof Act particularly states that “earlier sexual experiences with any particular person shall not be related on the problem of such consent or the standard of such consent”.

The FIR states that the girl and Hiremath, who have been pals since 2017, met at a restaurant in Khan Market, from the place the accused requested her to return to his lodge room, the place a number of incidents of rape, violence and sexual assault allegedly befell.

In the meantime, the girl has approached the Excessive Court docket for switch of probe within the case to CBI. In her petition searching for CBI probe, the girl has highlighted eight incidents of lapse and mismanagement allegedly dedicated by Delhi Police within the case. The allegations primarily pertain to the investigating company’s failure to arrest him and proof assortment within the case.

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