World Cup final 'delays' jail location for Shiney Ahuja

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Mumbai, Apr 1: Bollywood actor Shiney Ahuja, who was awarded seven-year jail term for raping his maid, will soon be shifted from high security Arthur Road jail after the World Cup 2011 final, a senior police official said today.

"The topic of shifting the actor out of Arthur Road jail has come up for discussion. Due to the world cup, the decision on where he should be shifted could not be taken," said an IPS officer on condition of anonymity.

The officer added that the decision on the location where the Bollywood actor would be shifted could not be taken since entire force is busy in extensive security arrangements.

"After the final match, we would get our men and then could we escort Ahuja to either Thane Central jail, Pune''s Yerwada jail or to Nashik jail," the officer added.

A fast-track court on Wednesday convicted Ahuja for raping his maid although the victim had retracted her statement during the trial. Soon after the verdict delivered, Shiney's bond that he had furnished earlier was cancelled and he was taken to Arthur Road jail.

Shiney was arrested on Jun 14 and released on bail three months after the 20-year-old girl in June 2009 lodged a police complaint alleging that she was raped by the actor at his Oshiwara residence.

In September last year, the maid turned hostile though she identified the actor in the in-camera trial held in the fast-track court saying that the incident had never occurred.

The girl told the court that she had filed the complaint against the actor at the behest of the woman who had secured her a job at his residence.

PTI

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