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EntertainmentActor Jeetendra booked in 47 year old sexual assault case

Actor Jeetendra booked in 47 year old sexual assault case

The woman said that Jeetendra, who is her aunt's son, had "arranged" for her to join him from New Delhi to Shimla on the sets of a film he was shooting for

Shimla: Actor Jeetendra was on Wednesday accused by his cousin of sexually assaulting her 47 years ago, a charge that the Sixties’ star rubbished as “baseless and ridiculous”

The complainant said the actor, whose actual name is Ravi Kapoor, is her aunt’s son

In her complaint to the Director General of Police, Himachal Pradesh, she said the incident took place in Shimla in January 1971, when she was 18 and the actor was 28.

She said he had “arranged” for the victim to join him from New Delhi to Shimla on the sets of a he was shooting for

She alleged in the complaint that after reaching Shimla at night, an inebriated Jeetendra went to her room, joined two twin beds and sexually assaulted her

The actor denied that any such incident had taken place

Police sources in Shimla said an FIR had not been registered as the complaint had been emailed to the DGP

For the registration of an FIR, the signature of the complainant was necessary, police sources said

In a statement issued in Mumbai, Jeetendra’s advocate Rizwan Siddiquee said the allegation was “baseless and ridiculous”

?Foremost, my client specifically and categorically denies any such incident. Besides even otherwise such baseless, ridiculous and fabricated claims cannot be entertained by any Court of law or the law enforcement agencies after a span of almost 50 years,” it said

Siddiquee said the law did not give any person “any rights or liberties of making any baseless… claims against any man publicly and seek to defame him with a hidden personal agenda”

“The Statute has provided a justice delivery system through the Courts, and the Limitation Act 1963 was specifically enacted to ensure that all genuine complaints are made within a maximum time limit of three years so that a proper investigation is carried out and timely justice is delivered,” it added

It also questioned the timing of the complaint

“In any event, the timing of this baseless complaint seems to be nothing but a miserable effort made by a jealous competitor to disrupt the business activities of my client and his esteemed company. Such efforts are therefore in all fairness treated with the contempt it truly deserves,” it said

The allegation by the woman, who said the actor was her father’s sister’s son, comes in the wake of a slew of accusations of sexual assault by actresses against American Harvey Weinstein and others in the entertainment business

The 75-year-old actor, who featured as a hero in a host of Hindi films such as Farz, Caravan, Humjoli, Parichay and Kinara, is also a producer. His daughter Ekta runs a company, and son Tusshar is an actor.

PTI

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