Mumbai Police on Wednesday summoned Bollywood director Anurag Kashyap on October 1 on an FIR filed against him by actor Payal Ghosh alleging sexual assault and rape sometime in 2013.
Kashyap has been asked to present himself at Versova Police station on Thursday at 11 am for questioning. The police are investigating the case under Indian Penal Code Sections 376 (I) (rape), 354 (outraging the modesty of a woman), 341 (wrongful restraint) and 342 (wrongful confinement).
Ghosh had filed the case last week against Kashyap alleging sexual assault and rape in 2013. Dismissing the actor’s allegations against him, Kashyap said the allegations were baseless.
A week after her FIR on Tuesday, the actor met Maharashtra Governor BS Koshyari for seeking action against the filmmaker and was accompanied by Union Cabinet Minister Ramdas Athawale, also the president of the Republican Party of India-Athawale (RPI-A). Athawale told the media after a half-an-hour meeting with Koshyari that the Governor assured them that he will speak to Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh on the issue.
On Monday, Ghosh in a joint media press conference with Athawale had demanded Kashyap’s immediate arrest. The actor told the media that she is facing a threat to her life and demanded Y-plus security. Recently, the government has provided Y-plus security to actor Kangana Ranaut after her comment comparing Mumbai with Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. On Wednesday, Ranaut demanded Kashyap’s arrest and accused the Maharashtra government of being selective in acting against such accused.
Questioning the Mumbai Police and the state government on the delay in Kashyap’s arrest, Ghosh said she would go on a hunger strike if no action is taken. Earlier, Athawale and Ghosh had met Mumbai Police Joint Commissioner Vishwas Nangare Patil seeking security for the actor.
Kashyap has received support from many in the film fraternity, including ex-wives Kalki Koechlin and Aarti Bajaj. His lawyer had issued a statement, saying the allegations were malicious in nature.