Mumbai: Actor Tanushree Dutta has demanded narco tests, brain-mapping and lie detector tests for all the four accused in her sexual harassment case. Dutta submitted an application letter to Oshiwara Police on Saturday, requesting these tests be carried out on the accused — Nana Patekar, Ganesh Acharya, Samee Siddiqui, Rakesh Sarang and the witnesses. Speaking to The Free Press Journal, advocate Nitin Satpute said, “Since the accused are highly influential and have good political connections, there is a possibility of putting undue pressure, fear and coercion to influence witnesses.
There are witnesses and eye-witnesses of the incident who are willing to come forward to record their statements, but they are reluctant as they are scared of the accused persons. They will not come forward to record statements unless and until the accused are arrested, only then will they come to the police station. So, the arrest of the four accused is necessary to ascertain their role in the offence.”
The application further states that the accused are denying charges levelled against them before the media and may put pressure on the witnesses, or the accused may produce bogus witnesses to record negative statements against Dutta. Therefore, a fair investigation must be carried out, by conducting narco-analysis, brain-mapping and lie detector tests on the accused and witnesses who are supporting the accused.
A First Information Report (FIR) has been registered on October 10 for assault or criminal force with intent to outrage the modesty of a woman (Section 354) and word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman (Section 509) of the Indian Penal Code against Patekar, Acharya, Siddiqui and Sarang.
Meanwhile, in another latest development in #MeToo movement, Editor for The Times of India in Hyderabad KR Sreenivas has been sent on an “administrative leave” following seven women petitioned the newspaper to take action regarding sexual misconduct allegations on him.