The magistrate had then directed Ms Dutta to present her reply to the police’s report.
Mumbai: Actress Tanushree Dutta approached a magistrate court in suburban Andheri to oppose the 'B Summary' report filed by the Oshiwara police that gave a clean chit to actor Nana Patekar in the sexual harassment case she filed against him. This report is filed when the police do not find any evidence against the accused to file a chargesheet and proceed to the trial stage.
The police filed the report before a metropolitan magistrate in Andheri on June 12. The magistrate had then directed Ms Dutta to present her reply to the police’s report. Ms Dutta’s advocate, Nitin Satpute, told the magistrate court on Saturday that they were opposing the police’s ‘B Summary’ report.
Mr Satpute said, “The court has granted us time to file a protest petition opposing the ‘B Summary’ report of the police. The hearing in the case will be on September 7.”
In October last year, Ms Dutta had filed a complaint accusing Mr Patekar of harassing and misbehaving with her while shooting a song on the sets of the film “Horn Ok Pleassss” in 2008. Her complaint against Mr Patekar sparked a nationwide ‘#MeToo’ movement on social media.
In the complaint, Ms Dutta alleged that during the shooting of the song sequence, Mr Patekar inappropriately touched her and forcefully tried inserting few intimate steps with her. A case was registered against Mr Patekar and three others - film director Rakesh Sarang, choreographer Ganesh Acharya and producer Samee Siddiqui.
The ‘B Summary’ report has also absolved Mr Acharya, Mr Siddiqui and Mr Sarang of all charges. 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 intended to insult the modesty of a woman) but no arrest has been made so far.