Police drop case that triggered India's #Metoo movement

Pic Credit Times of India

Pic Credit Times of India

In 2008, Dutta had said an unnamed actor misbehaved with her during a shoot, previous year she revealed that it was her Horn Ok Pleassss co-star Nana Patekar.

The Mumbai Police on Thursday told a court in Andheri that they have not found any evidence against actor Nana Patekar, who was accused of sexual harassment by actor Tanushree Dutta past year, ANI reported.

The suburban Oshiwara police on June 12 filed a "B Summary" report before a metropolitan magistrate in Andheri, Deputy Commissioner of Police Paramjit Singh Dahiya told PTI.

Dutta questioned the rush shown by police to file a B Summary report.

In her original statement against Patekar, Tanushree had said, "Everyone knows about Nana Patekar that he has always been disrespectful towards women". He said they will file a petition before the Bombay High Court in this matter.

"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". Now we have a closure report, the complainant can file a protest report to challenge the closure report. if in any case the police files closure reports but, the complainant can still pursue this whole thing and take it to a logical conclusion.

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Besides Patekar, choreographer Ganesh Acharya, the film's producer Samee Siddiqui and director Rakesh Sarang were also booked. According to the contract, Tanushree says, it was supposed to be a solo sequence.

"His antics started from day one. But there he was... pulling me with my arms, teaching me the dance", Tanushree had alleged.

Dutta's complaint against Patekar past year sparked a nationwide '#MeToo' movement on social media.

The accused were booked under Indian Penal Code sections 354 (assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty) and 509 (word, gesture or act meant to insult the modesty of a woman), the official said, adding that no arrest has been made so far. Janice Sequiera narrated on Twitter how she, a cub reporter with Aaj Tak and Headlines Today at the time, had witnessed goons on the set preventing Tanushree and her parents from leaving.

She had accused Nana Patekar's PR team of spreading false news and clarified that the investigation was still underway.

Tanushree received the backing of Bollywood stars like Farhan Akhtar, Priyanka Chopra, Twinkle Khanna and Sonam Kapoor Ahuja to name a few.

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