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Actor Alok Nath, wife file defamation complaint against Vinta Nanda

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

and his wife Ashu Saturday filed a complaint in a local court seeking proceedings to be initiated against Vinta for accusing him of rape.

In the complaint filed before the Andheri metropolitan magistrate, and his wife sought a direction to the suburban station to take cognisance of the letter sent by them in which they sought proceedings against

In a post Monday, had alleged that the had raped her 19 years ago. Although she did not name in her post, she referred to him as the who is known as the "most Sanskari person" in the field of acting.

Nath is known for playing characters endorsing 'moral values' in films such as "Maine Pyaar Kiya", "Hum Aapke Hain Koun!", "Hum Saath Saath Hain" and "Vivah".

Nath's Ashok Sarogi, in a press conference on Thursday, had refuted the allegations and said they were baseless and devoid of any merit.

The complaint filed by the couple says, "The complainants (Nath and Ashu) have on October 12 addressed a letter to the seeking action under sections 499 (defamation) and 500 of the Indian Penal Code against Nanda."

The police, however, said since the offences are non-cognisable in nature, it would be appropriate if an order is passed by the concerned court of law, it said.

"We are, hence, seeking the court to pass necessary direction to the station in-charge to take cognisance of their complaint and hold an inquiry," the complaint said.

"The complainants have suffered grave and irreparable loss, harm and injury which could never be compensated in terms of money," the complaint read.

It added that because of Nanda's post, which although did not name Nath but subsequently he was named by others, Ashu and Nath have been victimised unnecessarily by way of of their reputation in the society.

"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 for the purpose of either gaining some name and fame or for the purpose of defaming the reputation of a person," the complaint said.

It added that because of the "baseless allegations", Ashu and Nath were "terrorised" to even step out of their house as people are looking at them with a "different attitude".

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First Published: Sat, October 13 2018. 14:35 IST