Jennifer Mistry wins sexual harassment case against Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah producer Asit Modi, court orders to pay her dues and compensation

Jennifer Mistry Bansiwal, who played the role of Roshan Kaur Sodhi in the popular sitcom Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah, levelled charges of sexual harassment on the show's producer Asit Kumar Modi last year. She left the show on the grounds of sexual advances made by Asit and his associates. Now, in the latest development on the matter, Jennifer won the case against the producer.

Jennifer had filed a case against Asit, Sohail Ramani (Operations Head), and Jatin Bajaj (Executive Producer) at Powai Police Station. Almost a year later, the verdict has been announced in the actress' favour. In an official statement to ETimes, Jennifer said, "Asit Kumar Modi has been ordered to pay me my due amount and an additional compensation for deliberately withholding my payment, totalling around Rs 25-30 lakh. An extra Rs 5 lakh is imposed on Mr Modi for harassment. The verdict was out on 15th Feb 2024, but I was asked not to share it in the media."

She added, "This verdict clears that my case was not fabricated, and I wasn’t seeking cheap publicity. While I’m glad my harassment was recognized, I don’t feel I’ve received proper justice yet."

In May 2023, Jennifer spoke about the matter in the media. She said in her statement, "Asit Modi has made sexual advances towards me many times in the past. Initially, I ignored all his statements because of fear of losing out on work. But it is enough now and I won't take it anymore. They tried to forcefully stop me on the sets and were shutting the gates and not allowing me to go out. I sent a complaint mail to authorities a month back but haven't got any revert. I am sure they must be looking into it and working towards the case. I am sure they must be investigating. I have hired a lawyer and I know I will get justice very soon. I have filed a case of sexual harassment against Asit Kumarr Modi, Sohil Ramani (Project Head) and Jatin Bajaj (executive producer)."

However, the direction team of Harshad Joshi, Rushi Dave and Arman reacted to Jennifer Mistry’s allegations and said, "She lacked basic discipline on the set and was not focusing on her work. We regularly had to complain to the production head about her behaviour. On her last day she was abusive in front of the whole unit and left the set without finishing her shoot."