The rising film star was arrested in Mumbai, India in June, 2009 and charged with rape, wrongful confinement and criminal intimidation following a complaint from a maid, who was 18 at the time of the incident.
Ahuja, who denied the claims, went on trial in September (10) but the case was rocked when the employee retracted her allegation and claimed she had been told to make up the story by a woman who helped her land the job at his house.
The Bollywood star was convicted on Wednesday (30Apr11) after a judge reviewed evidence including earlier statements by the unnamed woman, now 20, as well as medical reports, bloodstains on her clothes and traces of semen, reports Britain's The Guardian.
Ahuja, who still maintains his innocence and claims he has been framed, is now planning to appeal the decision in Mumbai's High Court, according to his his lawyer, Srikant Shivade.
The rising film star was arrested in Mumbai, India in June 2009 and charged with rape, wrongful confinement and criminal intimidation following a complaint from the employee.
Ahuja, who has denied the claims, has been free on bail since last October (09).
He went on trial this week (begs06Sep10) but the case was rocked on Tuesday (07Sep10) by the 20-year-old maid's revelation.
She confessed Ahuja did not attack her and claimed she had been told to make up the allegation by a woman who helped her land the job at his home.
Ahuja still faces up to 10 years behind bars if he is found guilty of the charges.
The maid could also be charged with perjury following her confession.
The up-and-coming star, who has been in custody since June (09), denies charges of rape, wrongful confinement and criminal intimidation.
He has been ordered to stay away from Mumbai while he is on bail and must report to a police station once a week.
Ahuja's wife says, "From day one we have said that Shiney is innocent."
The 36-year-old actor has worked with a number of leading Bollywood directors and appeared in movies such as Gangster and Life in a Metro.