#MeToo: Post Vinta's allegations, Alok Nath files for anticipatory bail
The rape accusations leveled by Vinta Nanda on actor Alok Nath shook the nation this year, and brought the much needed #MeToo movement in Bollywood. In a Facebook post, Vinta alleged that Alok had violated her dignity almost two decades ago. However, Alok had rubbished the allegations and called them malicious. In fact, he has now sought an anticipatory bail in the case.
Alok has, reportedly, filed the plea in the Dindoshi Sessions Court on Friday. Talking about the plea, his counsel D N Goburdhun told the court that the 'malicious' case has tarnished Alok's reputation. "She has woken up like Rip Van Winkle after 20 years to file the case. My client's reputation is affected; his liberty is affected," Goburdhun added.
Meanwhile, Vinta's lawyer Dhruti Kapadia has opposed Alok's bail plea and has filed an intervention plea. Alok's counsel also opposed the application during the proceedings. Reportedly, the court has directed Kapadia to file a plea after which it will decide if the intervention plea would be heard. Further, arguments on Alok's plea will be heard on December 20.
To recall, Alok's un-sanskari avatar was unmasked by Vinta during the #MeToo movement. In a long FB post, she shared the harrowing account of how the veteran actor had raped and brutalized her in her own house in an inebriated state, two decades ago. She had filed a rape case against Alok on November 21 in Mumbai.