#MeToo: Alok Nath granted anticipatory bail in Vinta Nanda’s rape case

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Mumbai: Actor Alok Nath was granted anticipatory bail by a court here on Saturday in an alleged rape case filed by writer-director Vinta Nanda.

The anticipatory bail has been granted by Dindoshi Sessions Court after hearing Alok’s plea seeking protection from arrest following an FIR from Nanda.

The victim had lodged the complaint with Oshiwara Police on October 17 last year under section 376 of IPC (rape), alleging that she was raped by Alok 19 years ago.

Later, Alok filed a defamation case against her in a Mumbai Magistrate Court. Besides, Alok had denied all the allegations levelled by the Nanda and lodged the defamation case demanding Re.1 as damages and a written apology from her.

Amidst the #MeToo movement, Nanda on October 8, 2018, in a Facebook post, alleged that Nath raped her more than once 19 years ago after he was sacked from their iconic show Tara for misbehaving with its lead actress.

In her post, Nanda termed “Sanskaari” Alok Nath an entitled drunk, and wrote, “He was an alcoholic, shameless and obnoxious but he was also the television star of that decade, so not only was he forgiven for all his bad behaviour but many of the guys would egg him on to be his worst. My lead female actor was being harassed by him. He would mess with her on the sets and everyone would be silent. When she complained to us, we decided to let him go.”

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