In September last year, Tanushree Dutta accused Nana Patekar of sexual harassment on the set of their film Horn Ok Please in 2008. She filed an FIR against the veteran, sparking off Bollywood's #MeToo movement.
While the case against Nana has gone quiet in recent months, Dutta's lawyer Nitin Satpute has come forward to say that the silence should not be construed as evidence of Nana's innocence.
Speaking to the press recently, the lawyer claimed that Nana's team is using unscrupulous means to thwart the investiagation. According to NDTV, he said that he is trying to "mislead" the investigation and "intimidate" witnesses:
"[The rumour] is also meant to put some pressure on the investigation agencies. They have put obstacles in the investigation and are trying to mislead the police agency. For that purpose we are going to move an application seeking action against Nana Patekar and four other accused," he said.
"10-15 witnesses' statements were recorded. We have an audio statement of one of the key witnesses. We have an audio recording which we will present before the police at the appropriate time," he added.
He also dispelled rumours that Nana has been cleared of the harassment charges.
He said, "No clean chit has been given by the police. No summary report or charge sheet has been filed against the accused person (Nana Patekar). The FIR was registered against four people on October 10, 2018, under Section 354. Thereafter, the accused persons lost their jobs. So deliberately they are spreading these rumours to get sympathy and work in the industry."