Tanushree Dutta’s claims of #MeToo in opposition to fellow actor Nana Patekar couldn’t be corroborated, Indian police mentioned on Wednesday.
In line with Pinkvilla, police sources mentioned that not one of the witnesses might verify Tanushree’s model of occasions. Even Daisy, who recorded her assertion final November, instructed the police that she was not in a position to bear in mind the main points.
“A number of statements within the matter have been recorded, however most of them don’t help her allegations. The explanation behind that is folks can not recall the incident. Some solely bear in mind in regards to the delay throughout the shoot, however not about any harassment confronted by the actor,” a high-ranking police official mentioned.
“Because the matter is 10 years outdated, it’s taking a variety of time to trace down the individuals who have been current on the time of the incident.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 Police Inspector Shailesh Pasalwad declined to touch upon the case as “the investigation is at a vital stage”.
The Aashiq Banaya Aapne actor has claimed that the witnesses are associates of Nana, and won’t vouch for her allegations of sexual harassment.
“Who’re these 15 witnesses? Are they from my aspect or Nana’s aspect? They’re Nana’s associates, then why will they corroborate my story. I don’t 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 performed.
“The cops have been so gradual with the probe. Most people from whom they’re taking statements are those who watched me getting harassed and did nothing to help me. So why will they now converse in my help. The mentality of individuals is such that they’ll lie to guard such criminals and show the lady flawed,” she mentioned.
Tanushree additionally alleged that witnesses who wished to talk in her favour have been being threatened and intimidated.
“A number of the witnesses who want to give statements in help of my story are receiving menace calls from Nana’s folks. We have now confronted a variety of problem in convincing witnesses to offer their statements, as they’re scared,” she shared. “So the individuals who know the reality are being hounded and changed by faux witnesses who’re talking lies. However I nonetheless have religion that every one the accused will likely be punished, as a result of I’m combating this battle not for myself however for many who undergo silently on a regular basis.”