Bollywood producer and a close friend of Shah Rukh Khan, Karim Morani, who has been booked for allegedly raping a woman, has denied the accusations levelled against him and called the complaint 'absolutely false and bogus'.
Karim Morani's spokesperson issued a statement that read, "The complaint is absolutely false and bogus with the sole intention of tarnishing Mr Morani's reputation and image. Mr. Morani will be taking appropriate steps in accordance with law to demonstrate that complaint is malafide. He is truthful and innocent and has full faith in the judiciary and is ready and willing to co-operate with the authorities to the fullest extent."
The complainant, aged around 25, alleged that Karim Morani raped her in Mumbai and also at a film studio in Hyderabad in 2015 after promising to marry her.
The woman last week lodged a complaint with Hayathnagar police under Rachakonda police commissionerate near Hyderabad.
A police officer said a case under sections 417 (cheating), 376 (rape) 342 (wrongful confinement), 506 (criminal intimidation), 493 (cohabitation caused by a man deceitfully inducing a belief of lawful marriage) and other relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code has been registered against the producer.
The woman told police that she was looking for a break in films and had met Morani in 2015. She alleged that the producer after raping her had threatened with dire consequences if she revealed it to anyone.
The producer's name had also figured as an accused in the 2G spectrum scam. He was accused of helping channel funds to the tune of RS 200 crore to popular Tamil television channel Kalaignar TV.
Karim Morani has produced several movies like 'Yodha' and 'Dum'. He was also the producer of Shah Rukh Khan's 'Happy New Year', Chennai Express', 'Ra.One' and 'Dilwale'.