In a major relief to film director Madhur Bhandarkar, the Supreme Court on Monday quashed the charges of alleged rape levelled against him by actor and model Preeti Jain.

Justice H.L. Dattu and Justice C.K. Prasad quashed the charges after it was told that the actress was no longer interested in pursuing the matter after nine years.

Ms. Jain earlier alleged that Bhandarkar had sex with her on the promise of casting her in a lead role in a film. Ms. Jain filed a complaint in a magistrate’s court in 2004 after Maharashtra police twice filed closure reports after investigation into the allegation of rape.

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