The court pointed out that it was a possibility that the director did not lodge a complaint immediately after the alleged incident ‘for her own benefit’.
A sessions court in Mumbai, granting bail to #MeToo accused actor Alok Nath, said that Vinta Nanda writer-director of TV shows in the 90s may have accused falsely accused him of sexual assault and rape.
Vinta Nanda had talked about her horrible experience with Nath in a Facebook post where she accused the veteran actor of reaping her. AS per her Facebook post Alok Nath had allegedly harassed the lead actress Navneet Nishan on the set of ’90s show Tara, and then the “alcoholic, shameless and obnoxious” man also turned on Nanda, later. “I hadn’t just been raped, I was taken to my own house and had been brutalised,” read her post.
Nanda had accused Alok Nath of raping her 19 years ago; however, she did not file a case against him back then as she was told that since Nath is a well known actor, no one would believe her.
While granting anticipatory bail to Nath, judge SS Oza was quoted by HT as saying that the Nanda “remembers the entire incident but she did not remember the date and month of incident. In view of all these facts, the possibility cannot be ruled out that (Nath) has falsely been roped in the crime.”
Although actresses Sandhya Mridul, Deepika Amin and Renuka Shahane joined the movement by revealing Alok Nath’s sexual predator side, the sessions court observed that there is “no record to show that Nath had given any threat or made any promise against lodging a report.”
According to a report in India Today, the court also observed it was a possibility that Nanda did not lodge a complaint right after the alleged incident “for her own benefit” and that it can’t rule out the possibility that “the applicant [Alok Nath] has been falsely accused in the crime”.
The court also noted that now both Nanda, as well as Alok Nath, were married to their respective partners, so no useful purpose would be served by medical examination, and further observed that Nath’s medical examination would be a “mere formality”.
Alok Nath had been granted anticipatory bail on Saturday with conditions limiting him to not visit Nanda’s house and not threaten or bribe anyone associated with the case.