A team from Versova police station on Thursday took actor Payal Ghosh to a government hospital in Mumbai’s Andheri for a medical test in her alleged sexual assault case against filmmaker Anurag Kashyap. Ghosh has charged Kashyap of rape that dates back to 2014.
Meanwhile, Anurag Kashyap reached the Versova police station on October 1 at 10am along with two associates, an official said, adding that his lawyer also reached the police station shortly after.
Versova police is probing the case under sections 376 (I) (rape), 354 (outraging modesty of woman), 341 (wrongful restraint) and 342 (wrongful confinement).
The Mumbai Police had on Wednesday issued a summon to Anurag Kashyap to appear before them on Thursday in connection with the case.
On September 20, ‘Patel Ki Punjabi Shaadi’ actor Ghosh accused Kashyap of sexual harassment.
Speaking to ANI, she said,
I met Anurag Kashyap regarding work in 2013. He called me to his house. When I went there, he took me to a separate room and tried to sexually assault me. He forced himself on me.
I request the authorities to kindly take action and let the country see the demon behind this creative guy. I am aware that it can harm me and my security is at risk. I am seeking action against him.
Post the allegations, Kashyap responded on Twitter in which he denied the allegations, claiming that they were ‘baseless’. He then said,
I neither behave like this nor do I ever tolerate this at any price.
Statement from Anurag Kashyap’s Lawyer, Priyanka Khimani
In an FIR registered with the Versova Police Station, one Ms. Payal Ghosh has alleged that in August 2013, my client, Mr. Anurag Kashyap, called her to his house and sexually harassed her. My client presented himself for questioning before the investigating authority on 1st October 2020.
Mr. Kashyap has denied all wrongdoing in the matter and has provided his statement to the police. The material provided by Mr. Kashyap, in support of his statement, demonstrates that the complaint of Ms. Ghosh is an outright lie. Mr. Kashyap has provided documentary proof of the fact that throughout August, 2013 he was away in Sri Lanka in connection with the shooting of one of his films. Mr. Kashyap has categorically denied that any such alleged incident ever took place and has also denied all allegations levelled against him.
These sudden, belated allegations of an alleged incident of August, 2013 have been widely publicised by the Complainant for the purpose of vilifying Mr. Kashyap, irrespective of the outcome of the judicial process. Mr. Kashyap is confident that the falsity of the complaint has been exposed, not only by the evidence presented by Mr. Kashyap, but also the ever-shifting version of events put forth by Ms. Ghosh in the media. Mr. Kashyap is apprehensive that now that the falsity of her allegations in the FIR have been established, she will alter her version of events in the investigative process as well.
Mr. Kashyap is distressed with the false and reckless allegations made against him that have caused pain to him, his family and his fans. Mr. Kashyap intends to vigorously pursue the legal remedies available to him.
Mr. Kashyap vehemently denies any such incident, as has been alleged, and has sought for severe action against Ms. Ghosh for misusing the criminal justice system and for hijacking the Me Too Movement for her ulterior motives. Mr. Kashyap is confident that justice will prevail.
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