MUMBAI — Actor Tanushree Dutta termed the police force and legal system ‘corrupt’ after Mumbai police informed a local court on Thursday that they had no evidence to prosecute actor Nana Patekar in a sexual harassment case lodged against him by her.
The suburban Oshiwara police on Wednesday filed a ‘B Summary’ report before a metropolitan magistrate in Andheri, Deputy Commissioner of Police Paramjit Singh Dahiya told PTI.
A ‘B-Summary’ report is filed when the police do not find any evidence against the accused person to file a charge sheet and seek trial.
Patekar’s lawyer Aniket Nikam said, “The entire allegations against my client were false from the inception. My client is innocent and justice will be served.”
Meanwhile, Dutta’s lawyer Nitin Satpute told Times Now, “We will challenge the closure report”.
In her statement, 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.”
In a statement to the media, her lawyer Satpute accused the police of being negligent and protecting Patekar, The NewsMinute reported.
Satpute said the police had not recorded statements of certain witnesses but only of those who knew “nothing”. “Police have not investigated properly so we are opposing the summary report and are also going to file writ petition before Bombay High Court against the police officer,” he said, TNM quoted.
Dutta had filed a complaint against Patekar in October 2018 in which she accused him of harassing and misbehaving with her while shooting a song on the sets of the film Horn Ok Pleasss in 2008.
She also alleged that during the shooting of the song sequence, Patekar inappropriately touched her even after she had clearly mentioned that she will not perform lewd, vulgar or uncomfortable steps.