The Nagpur bench of the Bombay High Court on Wednesday reportedly granted interim relief to the actor Vijay Raaz - facing charges of outraging the modesty and stalking a film crew member. The court has directed all proceedings in the criminal case, pending before the Magistrate Court at Gondia district against Raaz to stayed.
A Times of India report quoted a division bench comprising justices Zaka Haq and Amit Borkar saying, “By an interim order, it is directed that the proceedings of the regular criminal case pending before the second joint civil judge of the junior division and judicial magistrate first class (JMFC) in Gondia shall stand stayed till further orders.”
According to the 51-year-old actor, there is no offence that has been committed by him. He maintained that sexual harassment would be met only if there is physical contact and advances involving unwelcoming and explicit sexual overtures or there is a demand or request for sexual favours showing pornography against the will or making sexually coloured remarks which would attribute to sexual harassment.
Vijay Raaz has been working with the film fraternity for over two decades and has acted in more than 100 movies, had knocked on the HC’s doors through counsel Saveena Bedi. He requested for quashing the police complaint lodged against him at Gondia’s Ram Nagar police station by the complainant on November 3 last year.
An FIR was filed by an assistant director of Sherni and Raaz in his petition has stated that he was visiting Gondia for the first time and was new to the sets, and it is the role of the assistant director to guide him about the call timings and other detail.
He also mentioned, as per the work allotted to the Assistant Director by the production house, it was her duty to keep the actor informed about the call time for the shoot each day. Moreover, it was the role and responsibility of the woman to make all necessary arrangements which are necessary for the actor like setting up the vanity van, arrangements of costume, look, get up, including wig and make up for the day and giving the brief about the scenes, reported India Today.
Raaz in his statement contended that the allegations of the woman assistant director are absolutely false and concocted which would be clear from the fact that on October 27, 2020, the schedule for the entire day was shared by the woman with Raaz.
However, the call time as per the production company would clearly show that the woman and Raaz were at the shoot location which was about 125 km from the hotel.
The actor also claimed that the woman had already withdrawn the allegation against him before the internal complaints' committee of the production company.