Veteran actor Jeetendra booked for sexual assault case by Shimla Police
by Unik Dhandhi, Thursday, March 08, 2018
Tohfa actor Jeetendra, 75, has been booked on the charges of sexual assault by Shimla police. A case of sexual assault was filed by the actor's cousin in Shimla, Himachal Pradesh. The maximum sentence for which is two-year jail term.
The incident took place around 47 years ago
Shimla superintendent of Police, Omapati Jamwal revealed recently, “We have received a written complaint and a case has been registered under section 354 (assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty) of the Indian Penal Code against Jeetendra at the Women Police Station in New Shimla. A probe has been initiated”.
The victim filed a complaint on February 7, alleging that she was molested by Jeetendra in 1971 in a Shimla hotel when she was 18. The complaint was then sent by a Delhi- based lawyer to the office of the director general of police which was later forwarded to the SP’s office for investigation.
The woman revealed that Jeetendra had arrived in a car at her residence in New Delhi with his driver and two other colleagues. Later they drove to Shimla where the actor was shooting for a film. Jeetnedra then took her to his hotel room and tried to assault her. However, the name of the hotel is yet not revealed.
The police said the case will be initiated under the provision of the section which was applicable at the time of incident occurred and not as per the amendments or additions made to it.
Jeetendra’s lawyer rubbished the allegations as “baseless and ridiculous”. In an earlier statement, his lawyer said Jeetendra categorically denies any such incident took place.
Whereas Advocate Rizwan Siddiquee issued a statement which read, “...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. 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.”
The actor is yet to make an official statement regarding the same. Jeetendra, is a well-known name in the Hindi film industry. He is also a film producer and has daughter Ekta and son Tusshar with wife Shobhaa.
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