Tanushree Dutta Faults Police for Closing Sexual Harassment Probe Against Nana Patekar

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Tanushree Dutta had, in September previous year, accused Nana of sexually harassing her on the sets of the 2009 film Horn "Ok" Pleassss.

Mumbai: In a relief to veteran actor Nana Patekar, Mumbai Police informed a local court that it has no evidence to prosecute him in a molestation case lodged against him by actor Tanushree Dutta. "A "B summary" report is filed when police can not find evidence in support of the complaint and are unable to continue the investigation".

Satpute, however, said neither he nor his client (Dutta) received any official information from police.

"Yes, we have filed a B-Summary Report before the court", Mumbai Police spokesperson, Deputy Commissioner of Police Manjunath Shinge told IANS. "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".

Later Tanushree's lawyer Nitin Satpute also confirmed that it was a false rumour and alleged that Patekar was "intimidating and threatening" witnesses.

She said despite a 10-year-old video of her being attacked in full public view, justice was not being delivered.

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.

In March of that year, Dutta had been contracted to shoot an "item" song for the film Horn Ok Pleassss at a studio in Goregaon with Patekar.

She also alleged that during the shooting of the song sequence, Mr. Patekar inappropriately touched her even after she clearly mentioned that she would not perform lewd, vulgar or uncomfortable steps.

DCP (zone IX) Paramjit Singh Dahiya confirmed to TOI that a B Summary report had been filed but declined to divulge details.

She had also named choreographer Ganesh Acharya, producer Samee Siddhiqui and director of the film Rakesh Sarang in her complaint.

Based on her complaint, a case was registered against Patekar and three others for allegedly molesting Dutta on the sets of the movie.

While the magistrate is yet to take the report on record, Dutta is free to file her objections.

Asked why she had been quiet for 10 years, the actress, who has been living in the USA for the past two years, had said: "From the moment I landed in India, I fielded speculations about why I was away from the industry and whether I was kicked out for my unprofessional behaviour 10 years ago". I still believe that I will get justice and victory will be mine! "Before I could reach cops, they had filed a counter FIR".

Tanushree Dutta also questioned the investigative process, claiming her witnesses had been silenced and invoking a video of her vehicle being attacked.

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