A Mumbai court on Tuesday (October 18) directed National Award-winning film director Madhur Bhandarkar to appear before it on November 14 in connection with a 2004 rape case filed by Pretti Jaiin, an upcoming starlet, her lawyer said.
"He failed to appear before the court at the scheduled hearing. We don't know where he is. Now, he is required to appear Nov 14," Jaiin's lawyer S. Kunjuraman said.
Madhur, 44, had sought an exemption from the court hearing Tuesday through his lawyer Shrikant Shivade. He earlier said that he would challenge the rape case against him in a higher court.
Magistrate B.B. Pantawane, of Andheri Railway Mobile Court, Sep 19 issued summons asking Madhur to appear before it and file his statement in the case, Kunjuraman said.
Police in 2006 requested the court to dismiss the case against the director as during their investigations they found Pretti's allegations to be false.
In July 2004, Pretti, living in Malad suburb of north Mumbai, created a sensation after she accused Madhur of rape on the pretext of giving her a lead role in his film.
Pretti alleged that she and Madhur were intimate from 1999-2004 as he promised her a role in his films and marriage.
In a statement later, Pretti, in her early 30s, alleged: "We had intimate relations and Madhur made promises of giving me a lead role in his films. However, he didn't offer me a lead role in any of his movies. At times when I refused, he raped me."
In September 2005, Pretti was arrested after she reportedly hired a contract killer for Rs.70,000 to murder Madhur.
The director is credited with making sensitive, critically acclaimed and box-office hit films like 'Chandni Bar', 'Page 3', 'Traffic Signal', 'Corporate' and 'Fashion', among others.