Tanushree Dutta sexual harassment case: Police gives Nana Patekar clean chit, closes the case

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Jun 13, 2019, 03.06 PM(IST)

Nana Patekar and Tanushree Dutta Photograph:( Instagram )

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In October 2018, Tanushree had accused Nana Patekar of behaving inappropriately with her on the sets of her film ‘Horn Ok Pleassss’ back in 2008.

Mumbai Police have closed Nana Patekar sexual harassment case. Tanushree had accused Nana of sexually harassing her on a film set 10 years ago. Giving the actor a clean chit, the police have now decided to close the case informing a local court through a 'B Summary' report on Wednesday that they have no evidence to prosecute Nana in the case.

A 'B-Summary' report is filed when the police do not find any evidence against the accused person to file a chargesheet and seek trial.

Tanushree's lawyer Nitin Satpute slammed the police move and said he is going to file an appeal in the Bombay High Court. "I have not received any official information from Oshiwara police station about classification of offence (summary report) from the police on behalf of Tanushree Dutta. If police files any B or C classification of summary report that cannot be final, we can oppose before court and after hearing if court is satisfied, it can direct the police to re-investigate the case," he said.

"The police acted negligently to protect Nana Patekar, statements of many witnesses have not been recorded yet. The police have not investigated the case properly so we are opposing summary reports and also going to file writ petition before the Bombay High Court," the lawyer added.

Last week, Tanushree Dutta had slammed reports that stated that the police had closed the case and termed the news as rumours. She also claimed that Nana's public relation team was spreading all these false rumours as those accused in sexual harassment cases were not getting any work in the film industry. Tanushree claimed that in order to fix his public image, his team was spreading false rumours.

In October 2018, Tanushree had accused Nana Patekar of behaving inappropriately with her on the sets of her film ‘Horn Ok Pleassss’ back in 2008. She had alleged that the actor had forcefully tried to introduce intimate steps into the choreography of a special song in the film which Dutta was a part of. According to her, choreographer Ganesh Acharya had refused to intervene. Tanushree, eventually, had walked out of the film and Rakhi Sawant replaced her in the song. Watch: Footage of attack on Tanushree Dutta's car on the sets of 'Hork Ok Pleassss' goes viral

The incident was reported back then but the police had not taken any action against those Tanushree accused. The actress eventually moved to the US. It only in the October last year, that during an interview, the actress retold the story which sparked off the #MeToo movement in India with many women speaking out and calling out offenders. Big names from media, film, and business world were called out.