#MeToo: Reliance’s Head of Content Studio Ajit Thakur resigns over sexual harassment allegations
#MeToo movement is spreading like wildfire across the country and several names are being called out. The latest on the list is Reliance’s head of content studio Ajit Thakur who has resigned from his position. Supriya Prasad, a writer from Film and Television Institute of India, accused Ajit Thakur of sexual misconduct. Thakur has tendered his resignation amid sexual harassment allegations.
Supriya has alleged that Ajit called her on the pretext of a job interview and forced her to consume alcohol and cocaine and made her uncomfortable by asking inappropriate questions. Thakur submitted his resignation after returning from France and vowed to clear his name.
In an interview with Pinkvilla, a source said, “Ajit does not want the pressure of his colleague with whom he has had a long working association, so he decided to resign from the company. He wants to fight his own battle.”
Insiders insist that Thakur is a victim of revenge and allegations made against him are by those who have an axe to grind. A source said, “There are some whose scripts were rejected by Thakur there are others who were fired for non-performance at work.”
Ajit Thakur’s name was recommended by Jyoti Deshpande with whom he has a long standing working relationship. The source said, “He does not want any pressure on Jyoti because of him so he decided to quit.”
In recent times, #MeToo movement has seen the likes of Nana Patekar, Sajid Khan, Alok Nath paying the price for their sexual misdemeanors and in the case of Sajid Khan and Nana Patekar, both have left the film ‘Housefull 4′. The movement has also seen Union minister MJ Akbar resigning from his post amid sexual harassment allegations and it looks like many more names will be tumbling in the coming days.
Ajit Thakur’s lawyer told the web portal, “He resigned so that he can pursue legal remedies. He was traveling and just got back today and as soon as he came he tendered his resignation to pursue his legal remedies.”