Bollywood actor Alok Nath on Monday filed a civil suit in a court here against writer-director Vinta Nanda in connection with her rape accusations against him, and sought Re 1 as damages for allegedly defaming him.
Alok Nath’s wife Ashu, meanwhile, recorded her statement before a magistrate in connection with her complaint against Nanda and sought that defamation proceedings be initiated against the writer-director.
The actor and his wife had on Saturday filed an application before the Andheri Metropolitan Magistrate, seeking a direction police authorities to take cognisance of the letter sent by them in which they sought defamation proceedings against Nanda.
Vinta to defend rape allegations
Writer-producer Vinta Nanda will remain undaunted in her fight against the sexual violation she faced 19 years ago even if defamation suits come her way, her lawyer said on Monday,
Vinta Nanda’s lawyer DhruTi M Kapadia said she is awaiting decisions of associations like Cine and TV Artistes Association (CINTAA), Screenwriters Association (SWA) and Indian Film and Television Directors Association (IFTDA) in the case against Alok Nath.
Alok is supposed to reply to CINTAA by Monday evening and to IFTDA by Thursday.
“Pursuant to decisions we will further decide our next step of action. It is pertinent to note my client is further humiliated in continuity for which we will legally take recourse.
“She will not be deprived of any legal help she seeks. My client will not be intimidated by threats and defamation suits which are primarily meant to delay and distract from the gravity of the allegations,” Kapadia said.
Hearing next month
The magistrate has now posted the matter for further hearing on November 1, when the court will also record statements of three witnesses on behalf of Nath and his wife.
In a social media post last week, Nanda had alleged that the actor had raped her 19 years ago.
Although she did not name Nath in her post, she referred to him as the actor who is known as the “most Sanskari person” in the field of acting.
Nath is known for playing characters endorsing ‘moral values’ in films such as Maine Pyaar Kiya, Hum Aapke Hain Koun!, Hum Saath Saath Hain and Vivah.
His lawyer Ashok Sarogi had last Thursday refuted the allegations as “baseless” and “devoid of any merit”.
The complaint filed by the couple says, “The complainants (Nath and Ashu) have on October 12 addressed a letter to the Amboli police seeking action under sections 499 (defamation) and 500 of the Indian Penal Code against Nanda.”
The police, however, said since the offences are non-cognisable in nature, it would be appropriate if an order is passed by the court concerned, reads the complaint.
“We are, hence, seeking the court to pass necessary direction to the Amboli police station in-charge to take cognisance of our complaint and hold an inquiry,” the couple said in the complaint.
“We have suffered grave and irreparable loss, harm and injury which could never be compensated in terms of money,” they said.
Because of Nanda’s post, which although did not name Nath but subsequently he was named by others, Ashu and Nath have been victimised unnecessarily by way of defamation of their reputation in the society, the complaint said.
“Without commenting on anything about her (Nanda), the fact remains that all such occasions, such as the #MeToo campaign, are being encashed by way of utilising the social media for the purpose of either gaining some name and fame or for the purpose of defaming the reputation of a person,” it alleged.
Because of the “baseless allegations”, Ashu and Alok Nath were “terrorised” to even step out of their house as people are looking at them with a “different attitude”, the complaint added.
In a statement, Nanda’s lawyer Dhruti Kapadia said, “The so called defamation proceedings are not served upon us as yet – however and whatever the proceedings will be, we will deal with everything following due process of law.”