Himachal HC stays probe in sexual assault case against actor Jeetendra

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High Court stays proceedings in Jeetendra's molestation case

In a major relief to Bollywood veteran actor Jeetendra, Himachal Pradesh High Court has stayed the further proceedings against him in the sexual assault case registered against him at Women Police Station Shimla on February 16 under the provisions of "outraging the modesty of a woman".

The actor's cousin had filed a complaint against him in Shimla accusing the superstar of sexually assaulting her 47 years ago.

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The high court scheduled the matter for hearing on May 23.

Her complaint seemed to be part of global #metoo campaign against sexual violence and the victim said by filing the complaint she wanted to get closure and healing for indelible marks on her soul for years due to mental trauma after the abuse. Meanwhile, Jeetendra had claimed that the police have registered the case without evidence or doing any proper preliminary investigation.

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A single bench of Justice Ajay Mohan Goel granted stay on any police proceedings including arrest against him till further order. Jeetendra was neither questioned by the police nor he was provided a copy of the FIR, his counsel said, adding that the allegations were false and a conspiracy was being hatched to malign the image of the actor. In her complaint, the woman had alleged that on the night they reached Shimla, Jeetendra returned to the room in an inebriated state, joined the two separate beds and sexually assaulted her.

The 75-year-old actor was booked by Shimla police on charges of molestation on his cousin's complaint. Complainant had told the police that all these years she remained silent because of her father as now he is no more so she finally had chose to lodge the complaint.

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"I knew Ravi Kapoor, known by the stage name of Jeetendra, as he used to visit us in Delhi for family gatherings", she had alleged.

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