Alok Nath’s wife al­leges defama­tion, sues for ₹ 1

The Times of India (Mumbai edition) - - TIMES CITY -

Mum­bai: Ac­tor Alok Nath’s wife has sub­mit­ted a com­plaint be­fore And­heri mag­is­trate court al­leg­ing defama­tion by writer-pro­ducer Vinta Nanda, who re­cently ac­cused him of rap­ing her al­most two decades ago. The cou­ple is also likely to move a sep­a­rate defama­tion suit for dam­ages on Mon­day, seek­ing Re 1as com­pen­sa­tion.

In the com­plaint, filed through ad­vo­cate Ashok Saraogi, Ashu told court that be­cause of the defam­a­tory state­ment pub­lished on be­half of Vinta through so­cial me­dia in­ter­views, she and her hus­band were ter­rorised, as when they go out, peo­ple have been look­ing at them with a “dif­fer­ent at­ti­tude”. She said that this makes it crys­tal clear that Vinta has com­mit­ted an of­fence un­der IPC sec­tions 499 (defama­tion) and 500 (pun­ish­ment for defama­tion).

Ashu told court a com­plaint had been sub­mit­ted to Am­boli po­lice sta­tion on Fri­day, but they felt that since the of­fences were non-cog­niz­able, they were un­able to take cog­ni­sance with­out a court or­der.

She urged the court to di­rect po­lice to take cog­ni­sance of the com­plaint and con­duct in­ves­ti­ga­tions. She sought is­suance of process against Vinta too. Ashu told court the se­rial in which Alok was lead ac­tor and Vinta, the writer, di­rec­tor and pro­ducer, was ini­tially pop­u­lar but went off air af­ter a change of cast and sto­ry­line. She said it seemed Vinta had an im­pres­sion that be­cause of Alok, the artistes and sto­ry­line were re­quired to be changed and the se­rial had gone off air and hence, she had a griev­ance against him. Ashu claimed Vinta main­tained cor­dial re­la­tions with her and never ut­tered a word against Alok.

Ashu said if re­lief was not granted, she and her hus­band would suf­fer grave and ir­repara­ble loss, harm and in­jury, which would never be com­pen­sated in terms of money.

Su­per Cas­settes In­dus­tries Ltd (T-Se­ries) chair­man and MD, Bhushan Ku­mar, sub­mit­ted an ap­pli­ca­tion to po­lice, seek­ing a probe on the post­ing of of­fend­ing state­ments on so­cial me­dia against him.

An­other jour­nal­ist called out Tata Mo­tors cor­po­rate com­mu­ni­ca­tions chief Suresh Ran­gara­jan (48) for mis­be­hav­ing at the work­place. The com­pany told Ran­gara­jan “to pro­ceed on leave to al­low for an ob­jec­tive en­quiry to be com­pleted as swiftly as pos­si­ble”. Tata Mo­tors’ HR depart­ment tweeted, “Al­le­ga­tions are be­ing in­ves­ti­gated and ap­pro­pri­ate ac­tion will be taken as soon as the en­quiry is com­plete.”

Mean­while, Mrunalini Desh­mukh and Vaib­hav Kr­ish­nan of­fered free le­gal aid to vic­tims of sex­ual ha­rass­ment.

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