No information on Alok Nath's alleged defamation suit yet, says Vinta Nanda

Alok Nath files defamation case against Vinta Nanda over rape accusation

Actor Alok Nath has filed a defamation case against Vinta Nanda, the writer and TV producer who recently alleged that Nath sexually harassed and raped her in the '90s.This comes less than a week after Nanda narrated her ordeal on Facebook amidst the ongoing #MeToo movement.

On Monday, Ms Nanda shared an account of being raped and violated by the actor nearly two decades ago.

In a social media post-Monday, Nanda had alleged that the actor had raped her 19 years ago.

Interestingly, Vinta is not the only one who spoke out against Alok Nath but also Sandhya Mridul and Deepika Amin.

Speaking anonymously, the woman alleges that that theactor stripped in front of her on the set of Hum Saath Saath Hai, on which she was a crew member and in which he played the 'sanskaari bapuji' character on which he built his reputation as an actor.

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She also said that she was "shell-shocked" after the incident and decided against reporting Alok Nath to director-producer Sooraj Barjatya because, "He was extremely close to the Barjatyas, and Sooraj sir would have taken it badly". Renuka Shahne and Himani Shivpuri have said that Nath's predatory behaviour on sets was a known fact in the industry.

It added that 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".

In the document submitted to the court, a copy of which is with TNM, Ashu says that Alok had acted in the serial Tara, on which Vinta also worked in the capacity of a writer. He used to change completely. He had also threatened Nanda with a defamation suit, "If this defamation continues we will definitely file a defamation suit and bring injunction so that she can't make baseless allegations in media and defame my client".

"I believe that this all has been done only to defame him and nothing beyond that", he said. Following the revelation, similar cases have come to the fore with the likes of filmmaker Vikas Bahl, Subhash Ghai, Subhash Kapoor and actor Rajat Kapoor.

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