Former actress Tanushree Dutta's alleged harassment case against veteran actor Nana Patekar that instigated Bollywood's #MeToo movement last year has been in the news ever since. Recently, Mumbai Police has reportedly filed a B Summary report in the case, suggesting that they will seize investigation on the same.
After confirming that she will challenge the police's move, Tanushree Dutta recently expressed her views on the row. During an exclusive interview with Republic TV, the former actress accused the judicial institutions of being corrupt and said that her accusation against the 'Horn OK Please' team and Nana Patekar is not dependent on any police or court.
When asked how she thinks the case of Nana Patekar getting a clean-chit will affect the #MeToo movement and the women associated with it, Tanushree Dutta said, "It means the same that is my example, dare to speak and you will be ostracised. Your work and job will be taken away, the law and order will play mind games and eventually try to prove you not creditworthy. All manner of allegations thrown at you." (sic)
Further expressing disappointment over the tentative outcome of her year-long fight, she further stated, "You can't even move on in life because everyone keeps dragging you back into the same muck that you are trying to crawl out of. Criminals have to do no explaining whatsoever, no one questions their integrity, they carry on as if nothing happened. They will strike again and again and again and more innocent people will lose their life, livelihood, and peace fighting an ugly battle that seems to have no end." (sic)
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 police cannot find evidence in support of the complaint and are unable to continue the investigation.
The police in its Tanushree Dutta-Nana Patekar case closure report has mentioned that witnesses have claimed that she was aware of the changes made in the dance sequence. The report also stated that there was no mention of sexual harassment in the complaint made in 2008.
In September last year, Dutta had alleged that Patekar misbehaved with her on the sets of 'Horn Ok Please' in 2008 while shooting for a special dance number for the movie.
"She had narrated in her complaint that she was not aware of the changes in the dance sequence and that Nana Patekar will be a part of that song. According to the statements of the witnesses, it is not true. She was aware of the change made," the police statement read.
However, Tanushree Dutta’s lawyer Nitin Satpute said that he has not got any official information from Oshiwara police station about the classification of the offense and even if they file any B or C classification of the summary report, that cannot be final, as they will challenge it before the court. He said that they are going to file a writ petition before Bombay High Court opposing the same.
In a recent statement, Nitin Satpute said, "I have not received any official information from Oshiwara police station about classification of offense (Summary Report) from police on behalf of Tanushree Dutta, if police files any B or C classification of summery Report, that cannot be final, we can oppose before court and after hearing if court satisfies then again it can be directed police to reinvestigation or Further investigations. Police acted negligently to protect Nana Patekar, many witnesses statement not yet recorded, one Shyni Shetty statement recorded partly, police have not investigated properly so we are opposing summary reports and also going to file a writ petition before Bombay High Court."
(With inputs from ANI)
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