New Delhi: A criminal defamation complaint has been filed against Bollywood actress Esha Gupta by a Delhi businessman after she accused him of sexual misconduct.
The Delhi-based businessman filed the defamation case through Advocate Vikas Pahwa under section 499 and 500 of the Indian Penal Code in Saket Court, New Delhi. The petitioner sought for cognisance of the complaint and to prosecute and punish the actress under provisions of the law. He also sought adequate compensation in his favour.
The court took cognisance of the complaint and posted the matter for hearing on August 28. On the next date of hearing, the court will record pre summoning evidence of the complainant.
“The mental agony caused to the complainant is continuing every day since close friends and colleagues are contacting him and his family on a continuous basis and expressing displeasure over the content posted by the accused,” the plea said.
“….many members of the public have been expressing doubts on the integrity and moral character of the complainant believing the false and defamatory statements to be true,” the plea read further.
Earlier on July 6, Esha in a series of tweets had accused the hotelier of “raping her with his eyes”. She had shared various posts and tweets of the alleged incident.
In one such post on her Instagram profile, the actress wrote, “About my previous post, this guy was literally raping me with his eyes… thanks to my security for being more patient than me during the situation… does anyone know him? #deardonna.”
Posting a picture of the Delhi-based businessman on Twitter, Esha wrote, “The man who thinks staring at a woman all night and making her uncomfortable is okay. He did not touch me or say anything. But through out, stared. Not as a fan, not because I am an actor, but because I am a woman. Where are we safe? Is being a woman a curse?”