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MNS member files defamation complaint against Tanushree Dutta

The Maharashtra police have registered a non-cognizable complaint against the actress in Beed district.

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A complaint for defamation has been lodged in Beed district of Maharashtra against actress Tanushree Dutta for her statement against the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS).

According to the Press Trust of India news agency, the state police registered the case on a complaint by MNS district president Sumant Dhas. 

According to the report, the police have registered a non-cognizable complaint against Dutta under section 500 (defamation) of the Indian Penal Code.

Dutta has accused actor Nana Patekar of sexual harassment while shooting for a song for the film Horn Ok Pleassss(2009). She also alleged that Patekar took the help of MNS members to damage her vehicle and cause violence on the sets after she complained about his behaviour. 

After the recent complaints, the actress also revealed that she had been receiving threats from the MNS. "Today while I was at home and the police personnel posted outside my home were on a lunch break, two suspicious individuals tried to get into our home uninvited but were stopped in time by security personnel in the building," the actress said in a statement sent through her publicist. "Later the police came back from their break and secured the premises again. Violent threats are being issued against me by the MNS."

Both Patekar and director Vivek Agnihotri (who has also been accused of misbehaviour on a different film) have sent legal notices to Dutta on her statements. 

Meanwhile, the MNS has threatened Colors television channel with violence if Dutta is allowed to participate in its popular reality show, Bigg Boss. 

Maharashtra minister Deepak Kesarkar supported Patekar, saying, "Nana Patekar is not only a well-known actor, he is a social worker also. But if the victim files a complaint, we will investigate the matter. But there should be a limit to publicity. It's our duty to file a complaint and investigate it."

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