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Nana Patekar Sends Legal Notice to Tanushree Dutta; CINTAA Breaks Silence

Nana Patekar has reportedly sent a legal notice to actress Tanushree Dutta after she accused him of sexual harassment on a film-set in 2008.

Nana’s lawyer, Rajendra Shirodkar, confirmed that the notice demands an apology from Tanushree for false accusations and allegations.

He also added that Nana Patekar will hold a press conference with the media as soon as he’s back in the city, probably on October 5th or 6th.

Regarding the demands in the notice, Rajendra Shirodkar in a conversation with India Today told:

“The main features of the legal notice are that we have denied all allegations that she has levelled against Mr. Nana Patekar.

We have asked for a public apology in writing. If she fails to give an apology in the specified period, which has been mentioned in the notice, we will take further legal action against her.”

Meanwhile, just after the news of sending legal notice came in, Tanushree said that she hasn’t received any notice.

“I am putting together a team of lawyers and advocates to defend my interests. Also contrary to claims made by Nana’s lawyer, I have not received any legal notice.

So ‘Bluffmaster’ gogo needs to step up his game a bit here,” the former beauty queen said in a statement.

Now, the Cine & TV Artists Association (CINTAA) strongly condemned any act that outrages the modesty of any individual.

Watch Tanushree Dutta’s interview Zoom TV here, where she broke her silence:


A statement released on Tuesday said: “CINTAA strongly condemns any act that outrages the modesty of any individual and any form of sexual harassment is unacceptable to us.”

“After going through Tanushree Dutta’s complaint, which was filed with the then Executive Committee of CINTAA in March 2008, we feel that the decision was taken in the Joint Dispute Settlement Committee of CINTAA and Indian Film and TV Producers Council (which was then known as Association of Motion Pictures and TV Programme Producers) in July 2008 was not appropriate, as the chief grievance of sexual harassment wasn’t even addressed.”

She had first levelled harassment accusations against Nana in 2008 after the incident took place on the sets of the film Horn ‘ok’ Pleassss.

While the CINTAA officials have urged every member of their association to file complaint of sexual harassment immediately after facing it, the authority mentioned:

“Unfortunately, CINTAA’s constitution bars us from taking up any case which is more than three years old.

Hence, we appeal to the authorities to take cognisance of Ms Dutta’s statements and conduct an impartial and speedy enquiry so that truth and justice may prevail.”

Anuj Radia
Journalist and film enthusiast.

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