Alok Nath filed a civil suit in a court against Vinta Nanda in connection with her rape accusations against him seeking Re 1 as damages for allegedly defaming him.
Even the actor’s wife, Ashu recorded a statement before a magistrate in connection with her complaint against Nanda and sought that defamation proceedings be initiated against the writer-producer.
Alok Nath’s wife appeared before Magistrate R M Nerlikar, who recorded her statement and complaint. She told the court that their (Nath and Ashu’s) reputation has been damaged because of the allegations levelled by Nanda.
The magistrate has now posted the matter for further hearing on November 1, when the court will also record statements of three witnesses on behalf of Nath and his wife.
The couple’s complaint reads as, “We are, hence, seeking the court to pass necessary direction to the Amboli police station in-charge to take cognisance of our complaint and hold an inquiry. We have suffered grave and irreparable loss, harm and injury which could never be compensated in terms of money. Without commenting on anything about her (Nanda), the fact remains that all such occasions, such as the #MeToo campaign, are being encashed by way of utilising the social media for the purpose of either gaining some name and fame or for the purpose of defaming the reputation of a person.”
Because of the “baseless allegations”, Ashu and Alok Nath were “terrorised” to even step out of their house as people are looking at them with a “different attitude”, the complaint added.
In a statement, Nanda’s lawyer Dhruti Kapadia said, “The so called defamation proceedings are not served upon us as yet – however and whatever the proceedings will be, we will deal with everything following due process of law.”
The lawyer added, “My client will not be intimidated by threats and defamation suits which are meant to primarily delay and distract from the gravity of the allegations. ”
Their official statement reads as “On instruction of my client it is clear that we are going to fight it out legally-so called defamation proceedings are not served upon us as yet -however and whatever the proceedings will be – we will deal with everything following due process of law – at the moment we are awaiting the decisions of various associations where my client has filed her complaint like CINTAA – Cine & TV Artistes Association, SWA – Screen Writer’s Association, IFTDA – Indian Film and Television Directors Association.”
The statement further reads, “Mr. Nath is supposed to reply to CINTAA by today evening, IFTDA by Thursday this week and SWA is meeting me today at 4:30 pm today to understand. Pursuant to decisions, we will further decide our next step of action – it is pertinent to note my client is further humiliated in continuity for which we will legally take recourse (we are team of lawyers who will help her get justice). She will not be deprived of any legal justice she seeks. I would add: My client will not be intimidated by threats and defamation suits which are meant to primarily delay and distract from the gravity of allegations. Dhruti M Kapadia – solicitor and advocate on record, SC of India.”