Mumbai: A defamation case has been filed against Bollywood actor Tanushree Dutta for her comments about Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray, police said on Thursday.
“We have registered a non-cognisable offence against Dutta under Section 500 (defamation) of the Indian Penal Code and are investigating the complaint. We have also asked the complainant to approach the court,” the officer said.
The case was filed by the Kaij police in Maharashtra’s Beed district on Wednesday evening after MNS district unit president Sumant Dhas lodged a complaint, alleging that Dutta had defamed his party chief, a police officer said.
Dutta, 34, who has accused actor Nana Patekar of harassing her on the sets of a film in 2008, recently said Raj Thackeray wanted to succeed late Bal Thackeray as the Shiv Sena chief, but could not do so.
She had also alleged that the MNS was involved in vandalising her vehicle when she opted out of the 2008 film, Horn Ok Pleassss.
Dutta also alleged that she had been getting threats from the MNS, adding that two persons recently tried to barge into her home.
The MNS youth wing, meanwhile, handed over a letter to the makers of the Bigg Boss on Wednesday, following reports of Dutta participating in the ongoing season of the TV reality show, a party functionary said.
The party workers threatened violence on the set in Lonavla if she was let in.
Meanwhile, Maharashtra minister Deepak Kesarkar said there will be a fair probe if actor Tanushree Dutta files a police complaint against Nana Patekar, following up on her allegations that he misbehaved with her during the shooting of a film in 2008.
Kesarkar, the minister of state for home (rural), also asserted that the government was not biased towards Patekar.
The Shiv Sena minister had said Wednesday that Patekar is an “illustrious personality” who had done a lot for the State, and asked why Dutta did not file a police complaint in the past 10 years.
Speaking to reporters Thursday, Kesarkar said, “When an official complaint is lodged, police will be able to probe the case transparently so that justice is done to both the sides.”
The State government was not prejudiced or biased towards anybody and all are equal before the law, he added.