American woman rape case: Delhi Police seeks maximum punishment for Mahmood Farooqui

New Delhi, Aug 2 : The Saket Court here on Tuesday reserved its order for August 4 for pronouncing the quantum of sentence for 'Peepli Live' co-director Mahmood Farooqui in the rape case of an American lady.

The Delhi police sought maximum punishment of life imprisonment for the film maker. The court had on July 30 convicted Farooqui for raping a 35-year-old American national in 2015. The Police had accused Farooqui of raping a 35-year-old American woman, who was in India to conduct research for her doctoral thesis from Columbia University.

Farooqui, however, denied the allegations, saying he was falsely implicated. Earlier, the court had started the trial in the case after framing charges of rape under Section 376 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) against Farooqui.

A chargesheet was filed against the filmmaker alleging he had raped the research scholar at his Sukhdev Vihar house in south Delhi on March 28.

Source: ANI