It is not unknown that writer-producer Vinta Nanda accused Alok Nath, known for his 'sanskari' roles on screen, of allegedly raping her nearly 19 years ago when they worked together, which made for several such claims about his behaviour on the set. It was in October last year that Vinta, who produced Tara, had shared her ordeal with Alok through a long Facebook post, amid the #MeToo movement wave that hit India. The victim had lodged the complaint with Oshiwara Police on October 17 last year after Alok hit back by filing a defamation case against her in a Mumbai Magistrate Court. Alok had denied all the allegations levelled by the victim and lodged the defamation case demanding Re.1 as damages and a written apology from her.
However, to everyone's dismay, the Oshiwara Police is likely to close the case against Alok due to 'lack of evidence.' A leading daily quoted an officer at Oshiwara Police Station as saying, "We have recorded a detailed statement of the victim. Two witnesses were called to the police station a number of times but they haven't yet recorded their statements." However, over news of the police planning to close the case, Nanda's lawyer Dhruti Kapadia told the daily, "Let the police do whatever they are planning, we will take it forward accordingly."
For the unversed, Alok was expelled from the Cine & TV Artistes Association last year after the rape charges came to the fore in October. He was later granted relief from arrest by the sessions court in January this year.