Filmmaker Anurag Kashyap, who has been accused by a female actor of rape, has been summoned to appear at the Versova police station on 1 October. “Mumbai Police summons film director Anurag Kashyap (in file photo) asking him to appear at Versova Police station tomorrow at 11 am, in connection with the alleged sexual assault against actor,” media has reported.
Kashyap, in a statement by his lawyer, has called the allegations ‘baseless’. “My client, Anurag Kashyap, has been deeply pained by the false allegations of sexual misconduct that have recently surfaced against him. These allegations are completely false, malicious and dishonest,” his lawyer Priyanka Khimani had said in a statement.
The actor, who had filed a rape case against Kashyap last week, on Tuesday met Maharashtra Governor BS Koshyari, demanding action against the filmmaker. She was accompanied by Rajya Sabha MP Ramdas Athawale. The two had also met Mumbai Joint Commissioner of Police (Law and Order) Vishwas Nangare Patil earlier in the week, seeking security for the actor.
The actor had earlier questioned the delay in arresting Kashyap, warning that she will go on a hunger strike if no action is taken.
Mumbai Police had registered an FIR against Anurag after the actor accused him of sexual misconduct in 2013, an official said. The First Information Report (FIR) was registered at Versova police station on 22 September after the actor, along with her lawyer Nitin Satpute, approached the police, the official said.
The FIR was registered under Indian Penal Code Sections 376 (I) (rape), 354 (assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty), 341 (wrongful restraint) and 342 (wrongful confinement), the official said, adding that further investigation is underway.
In her police complaint, the actor alleged that Kashyap raped her at a place on Yari Road in Versova in 2013.
Meanwhile, Payal Ghosh is receiving support from politicians amid her battle for justice. Union Minister Ramdas Athavale joined her in addressing a press conference recently, where he warned the police of protest from his party RPI if action is not taken for seven days. The minister also helped the actor put forth her plea before Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshiyari.
Payal Ghosh had tweeted to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on 19 September, seeking action against Anurag Kashyap, claiming he had forced himself upon her around 2014-15. She has filed a police complaint against the director, and also registered pleas with the National Commission for Women and another with the Narcotics Control Bureau alleging Kashyap consumed drugs.