Former Miss Universe contestant Tanushree Dutta first alleged in 2008 that Patekar had touched her inappropriately during the making of a romantic comedy the same year.
In a relief to actor Nana Patekar, Mumbai Police has informed a local court that it has no evidence to prosecute him in a molestation case lodged against him by actor Tanushree Dutta. If the police files any B or C classification of summery report, that can not be final.
"If the police file any B or C classification of Summary Report, that can not be final".
According to Times of India, Mumbai police filed a closure report in court stating that Dutta's case lacks evidence against the accused. We can oppose before court and after hearing, if the court satisfies, then again it can be directed to police for re-investigation or further investigations.
"Police acted negligently to protect Nana Patekar, many witnesses statement not yet recorded, one Shyni (Shetty's) statement recorded partly, police have not investigated properly so we are opposing summery reports and also going to file writ petition before Bombay High Court". "However, we will challenge the closure report".
Dutta claimed that industry insiders knew about the incident, however, they did not speak about it. Nana Patekar had refuted the charges, calling the allegations "a lie".
Besides Patekar, choreographer Ganesh Acharya, the film's producer Samee Siddiqui and director Rakesh Sarang were also booked. Our witnesses have been silenced by intimidation and fake witnesses have been put forth to weaken the case.What was the rush to file a B summary report when all of my witnesses have not even recorded their statements yet?? Reacting to the complaint filed by Dutta then, he had said, "Whatever I had to say, I said 10 years back".
She said in her police complaint that Nana Patekar had harassed her and when she complained, she was forced to perform intimate dance steps with the senior actor.
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 U.S. after several women went public against movie moghul Harvey Weinstein.
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, judgment and trauma I have had to endure in the last 10+ years because of this attitude", she said.