The Mumbai Police told the court today that there was no evidence against actor Nana Patekar of charges of sexually harassing his co-star Tanushree Dutta. Tanushree Dutta had accused Nana Patekar of misbehaving with her on the sets of their movie “Horn ‘OK Pleassss” which released 10 years ago.
According to news agency ANI, the “B Summary” report, the police said they could not find evidence to support the complaint and were “unable to continue the investigation”. ”B Summary” reports are filed when police do not find any evidence against the accused person to file a charge sheet and seek trial.
Tanushree Dutta’s lawyer Nitin Satpute said he had not received any official information about the offence from police and claimed they were protecting Nana Patekar. He said they will file a petition before the Bombay High Court in this matter. He also claimed the police “acted negligently to protect Nana Patekar.”
Ms. 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 added that “fake witnesses” were put forth to weaken the case.
The allegations by Tanushree Dutta in a way started the me too campaign in India in September last year. Several celebrities, writers and even a senior minister faced allegations posted by women on a Twitter.
In a police complaint Ms. Dutta said that Nana Patekar had harassed her and when she complained, she was forced to perform intimate dance steps with the senior actor. However, Nana Patekar rejected all the allegations and sent a legal notice to Tanushree demanding a written apology.
Source : Various