Quoting sources close to the actor, a media report said that Ahuja's friends knew all along he was innocent and was framed by vested interests.
“The girl is not backtracking. She is merely standing by what she had said earlier," a friend of Ahuja told DNA, referring to the domestic help's recorded statement before the magistrate where she had used the word 'atyachar" (atrocity) instead of 'balatkar" (rape).
Ahuja's pals also substantiated their claims based on the evidence presented before the court.
One such piece of evidence is the CCTV footage captured from outside Ahuja's home, in which the maid is seen leaving the house unflurried, DNA reported.
“Shiney"s lawyers had also presented the girl"s phone records which indicate that she was talking to someone for more than half an hour between 3 pm and 5 pm, the duration of the alleged rape.
"Also, she had called Shiney 10 to 12 times on his landline the previous night, as also confirmed by the caller identification feature on the actor"s phone," a source close to the actor is quoted as saying.
Filmmaker Ashoke Pandit, who stood by the actor"s family throughout the trial, has also confirmed that the above mentioned material has been presented before the court, the report published on Friday, Sep 10 stated.
A year after the domestic help accused Shiney of raping her and threatening her against speaking out, the 'victim' told the court that her charges were false and that she only slapped the accusations against the star on direction of a woman, who got her the job at the Ahujas.
If the maid's charges turn out to be false and her latest revelations true, then she may face prosecution on perjury.