Vikas Bahl’s defamation case: HC slams Anurag Kashyap and Vikramaditya Motwane
The Bombay High Court has slammed both Anurag Kashyap and Vikramaditya Motwane for failing to bring the witness for the hearing regarding the defamation suit filed against them. Director Vikas Bahl has filed a Rs 10 crore defamation suit against Kashyap and Motwane for ruining his reputation after they called him sexual predator on their social media posts.
In the first hearing, which took place on Wednesday, Justice SJ Kathawalla, who is presiding the case, has asked for the victim to be present in the courtroom. He asked that the girl who claims to be sexually assaulted should be made a respondent for the court proceedings. However, the girl (survivor) has now backtracked and said that she doesn’t want to pursue a case against Vikas Bahl.
Vikas Bahl, who was one of the co-founders of Phantom films (now dissolved) was alleged by a female employee of the production house of sexually harassing her and after the whole controversy resurfaced Kashyap and Motwane both tried to distance themselves from Bahl and condemned his act.
In a report by DNA, the survivor was quoted saying “I have had enough and I am still suffering at the hands of this man even after three years. I do not want to be involved in litigation, so I’ll not file an affidavit. I’ll only put out a statement.” However, her lawyer, Senior Counsel Navroz Seervai said that his client still stands with the statements she made against Bhal earlier.
Criticising Kashyap and Motwane for not being able to present a witness, the Bombay High Court also remarked that for the whole #MeToo movement to sustain it must be taken seriously and not misused.
The whole #MeToo controversy has seen the likes of Nana Patekar, Sajid Khan, Alok Nath, Rajat Kapoor, Anu Malik, Kailash Kher’s names making it to the list of alleged offenders.