A plea filed by a US researcher challenging the acquittal of Peepli Live co-director Mahmood Farooqui in an alleged rape case was rejected by the Supreme Court on 19 January.

Dismissing the petition, the Supreme Court said that it would not interfere with the Delhi High Court’s verdict which is a “well-written judgement”.

“We are not satisfied. We will not interfere with the high court verdict. It is a well-written judgement,” the bench comprising Justices S A Bobde and L Nageswara Rao said.

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According to reports, the bench said, “It is not a case where strangers met. It is a relationship and they were known to each other,” adding that “it’s a hard case but well decided by the high court”.

The plea was filed by the 30-year-old woman who accused Farooqui of raping her at his Sukhdev Vihar house in South Delhi on 28 March 2015.

Farooqui was arrested following an FIR filed by the police filed on 19 June 2015. In August 2016, the director was handed a seven-year jail term and fine of Rs 50,000 by a trial court.

In September 2017, the high court acquitted Farooqui giving him the ‘benefit of doubt’.

“It would be really difficult to decipher whether little or no resistance and a feeble ‘no’ was actually a denial of consent,” the high court order said.