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Indian TV actor arrested on rape charges

MUMBAI: An Indian actor, who appeared in several Hindi TV serials, has been arrested by the police on alleged rape charges in Mumbai.

According to Bangalore Mirror, the actor, Sourabh Sai Sartaj, has been sent to judicial custody. The actor who is 15 years older than the victim, reportedly became friends during a dance show.

According to the Mumbai police, a friendship between the two carried on for a while when they started exchanging “friendly” texts.

Police said Sartaj once came to the city, visited her house in Mysore Road and stayed in her guest house. She even introduced the accused to her husband. In January, the accused came to her residence and the victim offered him fruit juice.

According to the victim’s complaint, the actor put sedatives in the juice and sexually assaulted her,” an investigating officer said. “He also videographed the act and started blackmailing her with the footage. The victim said that the actor threatened to show the clipping to her husband and post it on the internet.”

Sourabh Sai Sartaj

The victim said the man then sexually assaulted her repeatedly between mid January and July, at different reputed hotels in the city. The police team visited the hotels and found that the actor had booked the rooms in his name. The police have also seized the video footage.

According to report, the victim’s complaint stated that the actor managed to extract Rs1.5 million from her claiming that he had bagged the role of a hero for a Hindi movie and had to pay for it.

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