Birth: 15-05-1974, Dehradun, India
Shiney Ahuja is an Indian actor who won the Filmfare Best Male Debut Award for Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi in 2006.
Shiney Ahuja was born in New Delhi in a Punjabi family. His father was in the Indian army. His early schooling was at St. Xavier's School, Ranchi; later, he studied at The Army Public School, Dhaula Kuan, New Delhi. While studying at The Asian School, Dehradun, he was attracted to theater and attended several acting workshops with National School of Drama, New Delhi. Later he joined the theatre group 'Tag' where he met Barry John (theatre director) and soon enough joined Barry Johns Acting School in Delhi. After 1999 he moved to Mumbai.
Shiney Ahuja is married to Anupam. They have a daughter named Arshiya, born in Mumbai 2007. Ahuja was arrested on 14 June 2009 after his 20-year old maid, working at his Oshiwara, Mumbai residence, accused him of rape. She told police that he had molested her the day before and she did not want to go back to the house after the incident. When she called in reporting sick the next day, Shiney's cook insisted she come. In the complaint, the maid said that after the rape, he confined her in a room for two hours and threatened her with harm if she told anyone about the rape. Ahuja was booked under the Indian Penal Code (IPC) Sections 376 (rape), 346 (wrongful restraint) and 506 (threat to kill), punishable by up to seven years of jail term.
The Ahuja family had been staying in the house for six years and the maid had been working there from May 2009. The public prosecutor said that the victim and the accused were alone at his residence during the incident. Shiney's wife Anupam along with their 2-year old daughter were away in Delhi visiting Shiney's parents at the time.
The assistant commissioner of police said that Ahuja initially claimed to have consensual sex with the maid, and later broke down and confessed to rape. Police also said Ahuja confessed to being drunk at the time. His wife defended him saying he was being framed and said he had never admitted to consensual sex. Ahuja later clarified that he had not admitted to consensual sex. In his bail petition, he had suggested consensual sex for the sake of argument.
The police filed a 109-page chargesheet with statements of 12 witnesses, forensic reports and other documentary evidence. The sessions court rejected Ahuja's bail plea and transferred the case to a fast-track court. In September 2009, the fast track court also turned down a bail plea. The following month, having spent more than three months in jail, Ahuja obtained bail from the Bombay High Court with the assurance that he will stay out of Mumbai.
In September 2010, while being cross-examined at the fast-track court in Sewri, the complainant said that Ahuja did not rape her. She testified in court that she had seen his movies and had fallen in love with him. She had slapped false charges against him at the behest of Ahuja's cook who had helped her in getting a job with the household. Following this, the court declared her hostile, and the public prosecutor said she can be punished for perjury if the court deems fit, although the Maharashtra police decided not to press perjury charges against her. The complainant's family said she was engaged to be married, and they were no longer concerned about the case. The court did not accept the complainant's reversal however, and went by the police's chargesheet filed against Ahuja, which included medical reports and DNA fingerprinting.
In March 2011 Ahuja was convicted and sentenced to seven years rigorous imprisonment. After spending 27 days in jail, he was released on bail until his appeal hearing, with the direction that he would not leave India without court permission.
In October 2012, Ahuja applied for an early hearing in the Bombay High Court claiming that the fast-track court had "wrongly arrived at guilty verdict". He said the maid's cell phone records and CCTV footage were in his favour and that she was on phone with a man for half-an-hour during the time of the alleged rape. The court then directed to place the appeal for hearing on 17 December 2012.