A Mumbai sessions court denied bail to television actor and singer Karan Oberoi on Friday who was arrested on charges of raping and blackmailing a woman. Additional Sessions Judge S Baghele turned down the actor’s bail plea.

Oberoi was arrested earlier this month after the woman, who was in a relationship with him since 2016, lodged a complaint with Oshiwara police that he allegedly raped her on the pretext of marriage. Oberai’s lawyer, Dinesh Tiwari, said the allegations levelled by the woman were “false” and that they will apply for bail in the high court.

The woman had also alleged that he shot some objectionable videos of her and demanded money from her while threatening to release the clips. She also accused him of filming their sex and tried to extort money by threatening to make the video public.

The victim claimed that she met the accused through a dating app in 2016. Karan has been a part of showbiz for over two decades and has acted in several television serials, including Swabhimaan, Jassi Jaisi Koi Nahin and Saaya. He was also one of the vocalists of A Band of Boys, an Indipop boy band.

Meanwhile, actor Mahika Sharma has raised objection in terming mutual sexual relationship that eventually fails as “rape.”

“I don’t understand why people term “rape” to a mutual sexual relationship. Both the parties actually enjoy the relationship, and later when they fail in their relationship, they name it rape, it’s hilarious. A rape victim, who has been forcefully dragged to a physical relationship, her pain and this situation is totally different from the two persons who are mutually in a relationship. There should be some other term used instead of rape for such heartbroken or fake relation cases. Hope people would agree with me. Because if we use the word rape in such cases, the value and weight of the word go down. Because more than 80% of people in our country have a different definition of rape which is actually forcefull sex,” Mahika said in a statement.

However, she refused to make any comment on Karan being accused of rape and blackmailing. “I can’t say or make any statement about Karan’s case but #MenToo movement was not actually required as our society is always in favour of men. Just I am not happy about people using the term rape for failed relationships or broken promises,” she added.

(With inputs from PTI)