Mahesh Bhatt denies receiving notice from NCW; Esha Gupta seeks Smriti Irani’s help
National Commission for Women (NCW) had sent a notice to celebs like Mahesh Bhatt, Mouni Roy, Esha Gupta, Prince Narula and Rannvijay Singha for allegedly promoting a firm (IMG Ventures) accused of exploiting girls. However, filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt has denied receiving any such notice by NCW whereas Esha Gupta has sought union minister Smriti Irani’s help in the said matter.
NCW had sent a notice to the above-mentioned celebs for the recording of witness statements on a complaint against the promoter of a company which allegedly blackmailed and sexually exploited girls on the pretext of launching them as models.
Now per a report in Pinkvilla, Mahesh Bhatt has said that he hasn’t received any such notice or summon from NCW. The filmmaker also said that he is neither associated with IMG Ventures nor its promoters. The director’s legal team even said that he is ready to offer cooperation required in the said case.
Meanwhile, actress Esha Gupta has sought Smriti Irani’s help in the said matter as she took to Twitter and wrote, “Dear @smritiirani ma’am, can you please help me with this issue. Why is this the first time m hearing about it through the tweets. If we do a paid promotion, it’s our work. Also, the fact that I have yet received no notice.”
The actress went on to share a series of tweets and one of them reads, “Respected @smritiirani ma’am, please help me with this situation. Just by tweeting and giving out in news a case cannot be made on false pretext. I don’t know the truth behind #NCW case, but to accuse me of something like is defamatory.”
She further tweeted, “Respected @smritiirani ma’am, please help me clear this ordeal. This isn’t the way to try and use our name. Being a celeb doesn’t mean m not human. I am unwilling to accept this by @NCWIndia, they should be helping people not create media controversies.” The actress has deleted her tweets now.
Esha also took to her Instagram stories and shared Rannvijay Singha’s post which stated that they are willing to cooperate with NCW for whatever information they need.
NCW had said that these celebs have neither bothered to respond nor attended the scheduled meeting. In her tweet NCW Chairman Rekha Sharma had written, “NCW has taken serious note of their non-appearance. The meeting has been adjourned to next date, ie, on August 18 at 11.30 AM. You will be sent formal notices again and non-appearance will be followed by action as per our procedures”
3. NCW has taken serious note of their non-appearance. The meeting has been adjourned to next date, ie, on August 18 at 11.30 AM. You will be sent formal notices again and non-appearance will be followed by action as per our procedures.
— Rekha Sharma (@sharmarekha) August 6, 2020
The complaint against IMG Ventures was filed by social activist and People Against Rapes in India (PARI) founder Yogita Bhayana. She had accused the company of allegedly blackmailing and sexually assaulting girls on the pretext of launching them as models.