Published: Fri, June 14, 2019
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Tanushree calls out ‘corrupt’ police for protecting Nana Patekar

Tanushree calls out ‘corrupt’ police for protecting Nana Patekar

It is now for the court to decide if the case stands closed or is to be carried forward.

Tanushree further added that she wasn't disappointed with this at all.

Tanushree Dutta, 35, is credited with kick-starting the #MeToo movement in Bollywood a year ago; several other women came forward with their own stories of harassment, among them writer-producer Vinta Nanda who revealed she had been allegedly raped by actor Alok Nath.

Last year, Tanushree made headlines when she accused Nana Patekar of misbehaving with her on the sets of Horn Ok Pleassss.

Reacting to the Kohram stars clean chit, Tanushree, who now lives in the USA, issued a statement. "How. only time will tell", she concluded. "But there he was... pulling me with my arms, teaching me the dance", Tanushree had alleged. According to ANI, the Mumbai Police did not find any evidence to support the complaint and have thus shut the case.

The actress also stated that she suffered trauma because of this entire controversy. However, after the case was presented in court, police revealed that there's no substantial court and hence, a clean chit has been provided. On March 26, 2008, Patekar came early for practice and at around noon Dutta came on the sets.

She then complained about this behaviour to choreographer Ganesh Acharya and his assistant Daisy Shah, thereafter retreating to her vanity van. Later the shoot was called off. "But no one witnessed any act where Patekar had touched her from behind".

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While Mr. Patekar's advocate Aniket Nikam welcomed the move, Ms. Dutta's lawyer Nitin Satpute claimed the police did not conduct a proper probe. "We have witnesses but their statements haven't been recorded", he said.

In a widely circulated WhatsApp message, Dutta said: "A corrupt police force and legal system giving a clean chit to an even more corrupt person Nana who has been accused even in the past of bullying, intimidation and harassment by several women in the film Industry". She also alleged that her witnesses "have been silenced by intimidation" and that "fake witnesses" have been propped up.

Responding to the news, Dutta criticised the fact that that the police filed its closure report despite failing to record the statements of all her witnesses.

Satpute, however, said neither he nor his client (Dutta) received any official information from police. "We can oppose it in court, and after hearing, if the court is satisfied then again it can again direct police to reinvestigate or investigate further".

But, emboldened by the global #MeToo campaign, Dutta repeated the allegations in an interview last summer and in October went to police in Mumbai to report the claim. Also, if any future date were to be fixed for shooting with the actress, another Rs10 lakh with service tax was to be payable as per the pact.

The "B Summary" report will absolve Mr. Acharya, Mr. Siddiqui and Mr. Sarang too of the charges. A police officer at Oshiwara police station said, "The court will now listen to arguments of both the victim and the accused before deciding". She said, "Disappointment happens when you are shocked about something".

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