On Wednesday, the police in Himachal Pradesh said that they had received a complaint against actor Jeetendra over an alleged “sexual assault” nearly five decades old. The woman claimed to be the relative of the actor, whose given name is Ravi Kapoor, sent a two-page complaint to the HP director general of police seeking registration of a First Information Report (FIR) against him for a case of “sexual assault” when the actor was allegedly 28 and she 18.
The advocate Rizwan Siddiquee, on behalf of actor’s side, said the complaint made baseless claims. “Foremost my client categorically denies any such incident. Even otherwise such baseless, ridiculous and fabricated claims cannot be entertained by any court or police after a span of almost 50 years,” Siddiquee said. The woman claimed that the alleged assault she is complaining of took place in January 1971. She alleged that “he (the actor) had arranged with my now-deceased father to have me join him on the sets where his movie was being filmed”. The woman alleged that the actor had made these arrangements without her knowledge. The woman claimed to join the actor in a car with a group that drove from Delhi to the movie set.
“Respondent (Kapoor) brought me to his hotel room which contained two separate beds. Tired from the journey I went to sleep in the far bed,” the complaint said. However, she also alleged that he later joined the bed for a while. She added that the actor “smelled strongly of alcohol”. She claimed that after assaulting her sexually, Jeetendra finally left her alone, separated the beds and “we slept silently in that room”. On Wednesday, the SP (law and order) Khushal Sharma confirmed that they received the complaint online. He added that it would be sent on Thursday to an officer who would decide the further action to register an FIR. The advocate Siddiquee, on the other hand, questioned the timing of the “baseless complaint”.