Ac­quit­ted Ankit thanks sup­port­ive in­dus­try

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - Shreya Mukher­jee shreya.mukher­jee@htlive.com

Ifeel re­laxed” is the first thing that singer Ankit Ti­wari (left) says when asked about his ac­quit­tal in a rape case. Ankit, known for his song Sun Raha Hai Na Tu (from Aashiqui 2, 2013), was ac­quit­ted on Thurs­day by a ses­sions court in Mumbai. He had been ac­cused by a woman, al­legedly his ex-girl­friend, of rap­ing her in 2012-’13 with the prom­ise of mar­ry­ing her. His brother, Ankur, was also ac­cused of in­tim­i­da­tion.

The singer, who had been ar­rested on May 8, 2014, tells us that he was al­ways hope­ful the truth would pre­vail. He adds that he felt like shar­ing his ver­sion with fans, but then de­cided to wait. “I thought let the ver­dict come out, or else you never know… some wouldn’t have be­lieved me. I al­ways had faith in the ju­di­cial sys­tem. Also, I never let it af­fect my work,” says Ankit, who per­formed songs such as Dil Dar­badar (from PK, 2014), Tu Hai Ki Nahi (from Roy, 2015) and Dil Cheez Tu­jhe Dedi (from Air­lift, 2015) while go­ing through the case.

Col­leagues, fans and fam­ily were there for him. “When fam­ily, friends, fans and the peo­ple in your pro­fes­sional life are sup­port­ive, it helps. I met Ma­hesh [Bhatt] saab, and he said, ‘Aap sidhe log ho, mu­jhe pata tha aap ke saath sahi hoga,’” says Ankit.

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