A sessions court here Friday extended till August 3 the interim protection from arrest granted to actor Aditya Pancholi in a case of rape filed against him by a Bollywood actress.
Pancholi had approached the court seeking anticipatory bail after the suburban Versova police lodged an FIR against him on June 28.
The actor was then granted interim protection from arrest till July 19.
"The court on Friday adjourned the hearing on the pleatill August 3. The interim protection granted to Pancholi fromarrest shall continue till then," Pancholi's advocate PrashantPatil said.
The 54-year-old actor has been charged under sections 376 (rape), 328 (causing hurt by means of poison), 384 (extortion), 341 (wrongful restraint), 342 (wrongful confinement), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
According to the complainant, the 54-year-old actor sexually assaulted her between 2004 and 2009. Aditya, however, denied all the allegations saying, ''It is a false rape case that they were planning and now they have done it. I was anticipating this. This was pre-planned as I had filed a defamation case against them. It is not a small allegation, the law will take its course, I will fight out... the truth will come out.”
The Bollywood actor in a two-and-a-half page statement narrated the whole incident that took place in between 2004 and 2009.