Police drop case that triggered India’s #Metoo movement


Dutta had previously accused the actor of inappropriate behaviour on the sets of Horn "OK" Pleassss, leading to the actress walking out of the film.

The Mumbai Police on Thursday told a court in Andheri that they have not found any evidence against actor Nana Patekar, who was accused of sexual harassment by actor Tanushree Dutta previous year, ANI reported.

In a statement to the media, Nitin added, "If police files any B or C classification of summary report, that can not be final".

Tanushree's lawyer Nitin Satpute slammed the police move and said he is going to file an appeal in the Bombay High Court.

Satpute, however, said neither he nor his client (Dutta) received any official information from police.

According to reports in Times Now, the sexual harassment case filed against actor Nana Patekar was closed by cops on grounds that there was no 'no prima facie case against the actor.

"The police acted negligently to protect Nana Patekar, statements of many witnesses have not been recorded yet. We can oppose it and after hearing us, the court, if satisfied, can direct the police to re-investigate or conduct further probe", he said. Reacting to the complaint filed by Dutta then, he had said, "Whatever I had to say, I said 10 years back".

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Dutta's lawyer, who believes the police did not exert itself enough, told TimesNow that they would challenge the closure report in court.

The allegations by Tanushree Dutta, 35, are widely seen to be the start of a #MeToo campaign in India, a year after a similar moment gathered pace in the USA after several women went public against movie moghul Harvey Weinstein. "Our witnesses have been silenced by intimidation and fake witnesses have been put forth to weaken the case", PTI quoted fro Dutta's statement on Thursday. Despite the fact that the actress came out to voice about the incident nearly a decade later, a police complaint was filed against Patekar.

Dutta's complaint against Patekar a year ago sparked a nationwide '#MeToo' movement on social media.

She also alleged that during the shooting of the song sequence, Patekar inappropriately touched her even after she had clearly mentioned that she would not perform lewd, vulgar or uncomfortable steps.

Based on her complaint, a case was registered against Mr. Patekar and three others - choreographer Ganesh Acharya, the film's producer Samee Siddiqui and director Rakesh Sarang - for allegedly molesting Ms. Dutta on the sets of the movie.

She claimed that actors like Sunil Shetty knew of the incident.