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'Witness statements don't support Tanushree Dutta's story'

Updated on: 15 May,2019 07:22 AM IST  | 
Faizan Khan | faizan.khan@mid-day.com

The Oshiwara cops are helpless seven months into the investigation, as most of the witnesses are unable to recall the incident on what happened with Tanushree Dutta during the shoot of Horn Ok Please in 2008

'Witness statements don't support Tanushree Dutta's story'

Ganesh Acharya, Tanushree Dutta and Nana Patekar

It seems the investigation into the sexual harassment case of actor Tanushree Dutta against Nana Patekar has hit a dead end. Even seven months after registering an FIR in the matter, the Oshiwara police have not been able to get a single statement that corroborates Dutta's allegations. The cops are completely helpless, as most of the witnesses in the case are unable to recall the incident or what happened during the shoot of an item song for the movie Horn Ok Please back in 2008.

According to the police, they have so far recorded the statements of 12 to 15 witnesses, including actor Daisy Shah, who was assistant to choreographer Ganesh Acharya during the song's shoot. The witnesses are mainly backstage dancers and other workers who were present on set. Police sources said that none of their statements corroborated Tanushree Dutta's statement and the sexual harassment allegations made by her against Nana Patekar. Daisy had recorded her statement in November last year, and as per sources, she told the cops that she was unable to recall the incident.

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Nobody recalls incident

A senior police officer said, "Several statements in the matter have been recorded, but most of them don't support her allegations. The reason behind this is people cannot recall the incident. Some only remember about the delay during the shoot, but not about any harassment faced by the actor." "As the matter is 10 years old, it's taking a lot of time to track down the people who were present at the time of the incident. The witnesses' statements are very important to take the investigation forward," the officer added. Senior PI Shailesh Pasalwad said, "The investigation is at a crucial stage, hence won't be able to comment on it."

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'They are Nana's friends'

Reacting to the way the probe is being carried out, Tanushree Dutta said, "Who are these 15 witnesses? Are they from my side or Nana's side? They are Nana's friends, then why will they corroborate my story. I don't need witnesses to prove that I was harassed. The truth is sometimes difficult to prove in a court of law when it comes to harassment. The cops have been so slow with the probe. Most of the people from whom they are taking statements are the ones who watched me getting harassed and did nothing to support me. So why will they now speak in my support? The mentality of people is such that they will lie to protect such criminals and prove the woman wrong."

Speaking about how witnesses were being influenced, she added, "Some of the witnesses who wish to give statements in support of my story are receiving threat calls from Nana's people. We have faced a lot of difficulty in convincing witnesses to give their statements, as they are scared. So the people who know the truth are being hounded and replaced by fake witnesses who are speaking lies. But I still have faith that all the accused will be punished because I am fighting this battle not for myself but for those who suffer silently everyday."

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With inputs from Mohar Basu

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