Police close Tanushree Dutta's sexual harassment case against Nana Patekar

Carla Harmon
June 13, 2019

Tanushree Dutta brought in the wave of #MeToo in India when she accused Nana Patekar of sexual harassment past year, after she opened up about the saga that took place on the sets of Horn Ok Pleassss(2019). The police have not investigated properly, so we are opposing summery reports and also going to file writ petition before the Bombay High Court.

"The B Summary report has been submitted before the concerned court", Shailesh Pasalwar, senior inspector at the Oshiwara police station, told Mid-day.

A "B-Summary" report is filed when the police do not find any evidence against the accused person to file a charge sheet and seek trial.

He accused the police of conducting a shoddy probe in the entire matter, not recording the statements of many other witnesses, but relying on the evidence of only "one or two" witnesses in a bid to protect the accused. "We can oppose it in court, and after hearing, if the court is satisfied then again it can again direct police to reinvestigate or investigate further". 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. What was the rush to file a B summary report when all of my witnesses have not even recorded their statements yet?? According to her, choreographer Ganesh Acharya had also stepped aside "obediently" when Nana tried to do this.

Tanushree was shooting the song Nathani (later performed in the film by Rakhi Sawant). He had no business being on set, it was my solo sequence.

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.

Tanushree also accused Nana Patekar of calling goons on to the set to harass her and her family. "You are corrupt people with no justice but God's justice will rain on you someday hopefully and will avenge for all the humiliation, insult, harassment, judgement and trauma I have had to endure in the last 10+ years because of this attitude". However, Tanushree had claimed back then that the reports were false. Samee was caught on tape brushing aside Tanushree's story, saying that she must have been on her period.

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