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