Alok Nath granted bail in the sexual accusation case lodged by Vinta Nanda

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Veteran actor Alok Nath was granted bail by Mumbai Sessions Court on a surety of Rs. 5 lakh. We are all aware of the fact that veteran actor Alok Nath was accused of rape by writer-director Vinta Nanda in the wake of the #MeToo movement in India. A few days back, he was granted anticipatory bail in a Mumbai sessions court.

Additional Sessions Judge S S Oza said in the order, “So far as the reason to delay in lodging the FIR is concerned, the complainant stated in the report itself that she consulted with her friends regarding lodging of report but they told her that applicant (Nath) is a big actor and all her companies were already shut, therefore no one would believe her story, hence, she did not file the complaint. Thus, nothing on record to show that applicant has given any threat or made any promise for not lodging the report. Thus, it reveals that complainant did not lodge the report immediately after alleged incident of her own benefit.”

The court further said that if there is a delay in lodging the FIR, it loses the advantage of spontaneity, danger creeps in the introduction of coloured version, exaggerated account or concocted story as a result of a large number of consultations/deliberations.

For the uninitiated, Alok Nath was booked in November last year under section 376 (punishment for rape) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) after the accusations by Vinta Nanda.

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