Mumbai: Tanushree Dutta has opposed the B-Summary report filed by the Oshiwara police station that had given Nana Patekar a clean chit in the sexual harassment case that she had lodged against him.
She was represented by her legal Representatives Advocate Nitin Satpute at Railway Mobile Court, Andheri, Mumbai.
The court has granted her time to file a protest petition against the B-Summary report. Tanushree’s entire legal team was present. However, not a single officer from the Oshiwara police station was present in the court room. The case has been adjourned to September 7, 2019.
In October last year, Tanushree filed an FIR against Nana for behaving inappropriately with heron the sets of the 2008 film Horn Ok Pleassss. She said that he forcefully tried to insert intimate steps into the choreography. Director Rakesh Sarang, choreographer Ganesh Acharya, producer Sami Siddiqui were also named in the case. Following this, police interrogated the witnesses, who were present during the incident in 2008.
The Oshiwara police station in Mumbai gave Nana Patekar a clean chit as they could not find any proof against him to file a chargesheet and seek trial. In fact, the report mentioned that the complaint could have been filed to seek revenge and seemed “malicious and fake”. The conclusion and findings of the report stated that after much investigation, there was no solid piece of evidence against Nana Patekar, Sarang, Ganesh Acharya, and Siddiqui.
The 13 witnesses, which include the choreographer Daisy Shah, Tanushree’s hair dresser, the spot boy, claimed in their statements that they did not see or witness any such act or incident wherein Nana had tried to sexually harass Tanushree.
In an interview, Tanushree Dutta had called the development “disgusting”and claimed that there was no evidence because the statements of all her witnesses were not even recorded.
“This is disgusting, because Nana Patekar has been trying to get a clean chit for a while, now. I have also mentioned this earlier in an interview that our witnesses have been getting threat calls, and they are being intimidated and pressured in every way so that they do not record their statements with the police. We have 10 witnesses, out of which only one-and-a-half statements have been recorded. The others have not even come forward, as they have got threat calls,” she said.
“Cops say that there is lack of evidence. How will credible evidence be produced, if the accused is making sure that no evidence against him reaches the police? The witnesses that the police have recorded the statements (in his favour) from, are his friends. From the unit present during the time of the shoot back then, no one was really my friend. Also, the witnesses did not say nothing happened, they said, they don’t remember anything,” she added.
On his part, Nana Patekar mentions that so such incident could have happened as there were around 50 people on set.