Mumbai police in its closure report gave Nana Patekar a clean chit in the Tanushree Dutta sexual harassment case. Now, the actress has responded to this report in a furious manner.
Tanushree Dutta sexual harassment case has taken a new turn. On Thursday, the Mumbai police in its closure report gave a clean chit to Nana Patekar, as they could not find any evidence against him. The Summary report filed by the Oshiwara police in Mumbai said that Tanushree’s complaint could have been lodged to seek revenge and it seems “malicious and fake”.
The closure report rejected Tanushree’s accusations and states that Choreographers, assistants, junior artists and other witnesses interviewed by police have not validated Tanushree’s story. The report also states that there was no mention of sexual misconduct in the complaints filed by Tanushree with CINTAA (Cine and TV Artists Association) as well as the TV Producers Associations.
Now, Tanushree Dutta has strongly reacted to this report and shared an official statement on the matter. Here’s what the actress said:
“The Mumbai Police lied in its report to the court that my complaint with CINTAA did not have sexual harassment in it. They were given the copy of my handwritten 2008 complaint to CINTAA that clearly mentioned sexual harassment corroborating my 2018 FIR. In 2008 they had refused to even take my FIR and twisted and manipulated the complaint to protect the accused. Also everyone remembers that CINTAA had issued a written apology for not addressing that complaint.
“This apology by Cintaa was widely published in media and we even gave the cops a copy of that apology to prove that. This is corruption at its grossest level. How can they twist evidence like that and completely turn it against me and in favour of accused?? The Police were hand in hand with the accused right from day one when they asked us to produce all evidence saying that we have a very strong case and that they will be making arrests soon but instead they gave us hope and stabbed us in the back by calling my complaint malicious and false.
“The video of my car being attacked with my family on the same movie set also was submitted as evidence. And they had Janice sequeira and Shyni Shetty giving witness testimony in my favour. What more proof does one need to prove harassment?? They produced bogus witnesses to corroborate with the accused and mislead the investigation. Never informed us of any progress in the investigation or what was going on despite repeated attempts.
“I want to ask how much money did Nana and his people pay you the Police to file such a report and call me a malicious liar?? I want to ask the court magistrate that approved this report.. How much money did u eat to accept this report that is clearly fabricated and malicious by itself?? How much money did Nana Patekar pay as a bribe to various authorities to get himself a clean chit??
Tanushree wrote, “This harassment incident took away my job, career and livelihood and I had to start all over again in life in a new country. Because in India clearly justice, law and order is for sale and criminals can buy themselves clean chit by spending crores on bribing law and judiciary whereas women who get harassed, abused and attacked and mob lynched in public get to be called false and malicious if they speak up and put forward a complaint. How much money did everyone make for this report that squashed my case??
“Nana Patekar’s corrupt Naam foundation that takes thousands of crores of rupees from Government, Indians, NRIs, local and foreign organizations in the name of suicidal drought hit Indian farmers every year and only gives 15000 rupees to 200 dead farmer widows once a year in a publicised event and no records and works to prove the expenditure of all of those huge funds whatsoever can easily afford to bribe the whole country to get a clean chit for Nana and other accused.
“This foundation is the biggest scam in India and thousands of crores come in the name of poor farmers but it doesn’t reach them and they still commit suicide out of mounting debt. Few journalists and whistle blowers who tried to expose this Naam foundation scam were themselves harassed, beaten and put behind bars few years back by this corrupt monster. All this knowledge is in public domain for all to see but yet the police and government have not done any investigation in it. Perhaps because sabko khila pila ke khush rakha hai.. Getting a clean chit with police or court in India doesnt mean you are innocent. Yeh Public hai sab janti hai!”
“Modi ji.. what happened to a corruption free India?? A daughter of the country gets harassed by a serial offender, attacked by a mob in public, denied justice over and over again and her name is maligned, she is threatened, pressurised, her career is destroyed and literally driven out of the country to live a life of anonymity and your police force say her complaint is false and malicious!!! Yehi hai apka Ram Rajya?? Being born in a devout hindu family maine toh suna tha ki Ram naam satya hai toh phir kyun is desh mein asatya aur adharm ki bar bar Vijay hoti rahi hai?? Jawab dijiye mujhe.”
In 2008, Tanushree had filed a complaint against Nana Patekar, saying that he had behaved inappropriately with her on the sets of Horn Ok Pleassss (2008), while shooting a special sequence. She had also lodged a complaint with CINTAA (Cine and TV Arts Association). In October last year, Tanushree filed an FIR against Nana. However, Nana firmly maintains that he could not have molested Tanushree as there were around 50 people on set that day.”
Last year, Tanushree accused Nana Patekar of sexual harassment and filed a complaint against him. Tanushree’s accusations ignited #MeToo movement in India. Several women came forward and shared their sexual harassment and molestation stories. Several Bollywood biggies including Alok Nath, Rajkumar Hirani, Sajid Nadiadwala were accused.