hur BhandarkarNew Delhi: After a really long effort defending himself against the alleged rape case charged against it, filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar was found innocent by the Supreme Court staying the criminal proceedings against him. The court has sent notices to Preeti Jain, the victim of the case in order to account for Madhur’s plea to nullify the case.

It was on July 2004, when Preeti accused the national winner director, Madhur Bhandarkar, of raping her 16 times on the pretext of making her the female lead in his film. Preeti had lodged a criminal case against him which had created a sensation both inside and outside the Hindi film industry.

Preeti also had said that Madhur had made promises to marry her and at times when she refused for physical relation, he raped her. Preeti was arrested for hiring contract killers for Rs. 70,000 to murder Madhur in September 2005. In November 2011, the Bombay high court granted bail to Madhur on a bond of Rs. 30,000 and two sureties.

Madhur is gratified with the Supreme Court’s decision to stay the criminal proceedings against him. He expresses his gratitude by saying that the Court has finally given him and his family the relief they had been waiting for the last 8 years.

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