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#MeToo: Police files closure report after 8 months, says not enough evidence against Nana Patekar; Tanushree to challenge order

Tanushree Dutta had accused the veteran actor of harassing her on sets of 2009 film 'Horn 'OK' Pleassss'.

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Updated: Jun 13, 2019, 04.55 PM IST
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Tanushree-Nana row: No proof to prosecute Nana Patekar, say police
Tanushree-Nana row: No proof to prosecute Nana Patekar, say police
In what is being considered a setback in actress Tanushree Dutta's sexual harassment case against Nana Patekar, Mumbai Police has now filed a closure report in court that states they could not find enough evidence.

According to Times Now, the actress - who triggered the #MeToo movement in Bollywood last year when she had accused Patekar of harassment during the shooting of their 2009 film 'Horn 'OK' Pleassss' - has said she will continue the fight and is going to challenge the order.

Dutta's lawyer, Nitin Satpute, speaking to Times Now, also said, "We haven’t yet received any official communication from the police yet. However, we will challenge the closure report."

Earlier during the investigations, Satpute had claimed that the right witnesses were not been brought forward.

News agency ANI reported that the Mumbai Police had filed a B Summary report in this case. A 'B summary' report is when the police cannot find evidence in support of the complaint and are unable to continue the investigation.

Agencies report that the suburban Oshiwara police filed the 'B Summary' report before a metropolitan magistrate in Andheri.

Dutta had kickstarted India's #MeToo movement in September last year when she accused Patekar of harassing her a decade ago. She went on to file a police complaint in October, though the 'Welcome' actor had refuted the allegations.

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2018: The Year Of #MeToo In India

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2018 saw the rise of the #MeToo movement in India. Inspired by a global campaign against sexual harassment and assault, women across the spectrum opened up and shared their stories about abuse by men in positions of power. And it began in October with actress Tanushree Dutta accusing actor Nana Patekar of sexual harassment while shooting for the 2008 film 'Horn Ok Please'.What followed was a series of posts by other women who shared their experiences with the world. From actors, film directors to advertising top guns, artists and writers and politicians, women professionals called out obnoxious behaviour at the workplace. From unwanted attention in the office to sexual innuendos on the film set, there were many kinds of allegations that surfaced.While some of these are still struggling in the industry amidst the allegations, some succeeded in getting a clean chit from authorities. Recently, rumours surfaced that Patekar has been given a clean chit. However, the 'Aashiq Banaya Aapne' actress quashed the rumours. However, director Vikas Bahl, who was one of the prime accusees, has been set free from all charges against him. The internal complaints committee of Reliance Entertainment, today, set the 'Queen' director free, who was accused by an employee of Phantom films under the #MeToo movement.(In Pic: From top left, Nana Patekar, Aditi Mittal, Subhash Ghai, Anirban Das Blah. From bottom left, Alok Nath, Sajid Khan, Jatin Das, Vikas Bahl)
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