Alok Nath’s lawyer has refuted the rape allegations levelled by Vinta Nanda against the actor at the hearing of the rape case that took place on Thursday.
According to reports, advocate Devendra Goburdhun denied the claims made by the ‘90s producer-director by terming them as ‘a figment of her imagination’, ‘a fairy tale’ and ‘comic book.’
He called Nanda a ‘delusional’ complainant and said she was into alcohol, drugs and had affairs with married men. Goburdhun claimed that she was ‘probably looking for relinquished love’ from the actor and also said she was making the accusations for publicity.
The advocate also accused her of trying to ‘create marital discord’ between Alok Nath and his wife Ashu by forcing him to do a kissing scene in the serial they were working together in the ‘90s, as his wife was not happy about it.
He also stated during the arguments that Nanda wasn’t ‘co-operative’ when the police started investigating the case and she was instead busy attending film festivals and media interactions.
Goburdhun also claimed that the producer-director and Alok Nath’s wife Ashu were friends since college and worked with the same production company in the ‘90s. The duo also lived in the same apartment, however, after Ashu married Nath, Nanda started living alone.
The advocate pointed out loopholes in her two complaints to the Mumbai police. The defence argued that in her first complaint she wrote about her leaving the party at Alok Nath’s home alone and walking on the street when a man offered her a lift, after which the alleged assault took place. However, in the second one, she claims that the person was Alok Nath. He also asked why would the host leave his own party.
Goburdhun also pointed out how the producer-director claimed to have ‘woken up violated,’ yet she could remember the details of the alleged assault and even the brand of liquor that was being poured into her glass.
The defence also questioned the witnesses Nanda reportedly presented to ask how could the alleged incident take place if they were also present in the same house. He also pointed out discrepancies in the dates of her complaints filed with the Mumbai Police and Cine Artistes’ body.
Nanda’s lawyer Dhruti Kapadia opposed the arguments made by the defence and requested for her objection to be recorded. She stated that the application for anticipatory bail was based on ‘character assassination’ of the complainant. The hearing will continue on 24 December.
Vinta Nanda had accused Alok Nath of raping her close to two decades ago. Her revelation was among the first few in the #MeToo movement. The producer-director filed a police complaint, following which an FIR was filed against Nath. The actor, meanwhile, had filed a defamation case against the producer, denying the allegations.
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