Witness statements do not assist actress’s claims, says police


The investigation into Tanushree Dutta’s allegations of sexual harassment towards Nana Patekar has not made a lot headway, reviews Mid-Day. Regardless of the Oshiwara police wanting into the case for the final seven months, for the reason that actress registered an FIR, they haven’t been capable of get any witnesses to again up her claims.

Tanushree Dutta, Nana Patekar posing for a photo: Tanushree Dutta (L) and Nana Patekar
Tanushree Dutta (L) and Nana Patekar

Nana was accused by Tanushree of getting too shut for consolation through the shoot of a particular tune for the 2008 movie Horn Okay Pleassss. She claimed that when she refused to carry out an intimate dance with him and was about to go away the set, he referred to as members of the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena to intimidate her.

With a decade having handed for the reason that alleged incident, witnesses are unable to recall what precisely transpired on the units again then. The police has recorded the statements of 12 to 15 witnesses, together with Daisy Shah, who used to help choreographer Ganesh Acharya on the time.

Police sources mentioned that not one of the witnesses might verify Tanushree’s model of occasions. Even Daisy, who recorded her assertion final November, informed the police that she was not capable of keep in mind the small print.

“A number of statements within the matter have been recorded, however most of them do not assist her allegations. The explanation behind that is individuals can not recall the incident. Some solely keep in mind in regards to the delay through the shoot, however not about any harassment confronted by the actor,” a high-ranking police official mentioned.

“Because the matter is 10 years previous, it is taking quite a lot of time to trace down the individuals who had been current on the time of the incident. The witnesses’ statements are essential to take the investigation ahead,” the officer added.

In the meantime, senior PI Shailesh Pasalwad declined to touch upon the case as “the investigation is at an important stage”.

Tanushree has claimed that the witnesses are mates of Nana, and won’t vouch for her allegations of sexual harassment. “Who’re these 15 witnesses? Are they from my facet or Nana’s facet? They’re Nana’s mates, then why will they corroborate my story. I do not want witnesses to show that I used to be harassed. The reality is typically tough to show in a court docket of legislation on the subject of harassment,” she mentioned.

She expressed her dissatisfaction with the best way that the investigation was carried out. “The cops have been so sluggish with the probe. The general public from whom they’re taking statements are those who watched me getting harassed and did nothing to assist me. So why will they now converse in my assist. The mentality of individuals is such that they are going to lie to guard such criminals and show the girl improper,” she mentioned.

Tanushree additionally alleged that witnesses who needed to talk in her favour had been being threatened and intimidated. “A number of the witnesses who want to give statements in assist of my story are receiving menace calls from Nana’s individuals. We have now confronted quite a lot of problem in convincing witnesses to provide their statements, as they’re scared. So the individuals who know the reality are being hounded and changed by pretend witnesses who’re talking lies. However I nonetheless have religion that each one the accused will likely be punished, as a result of I’m preventing this battle not for myself however for individuals who undergo silently on a regular basis,” she mentioned.


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