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Veteran Actor Jeetendra Booked In 47-Year-Old Sexual Assault Case Filed By Cousin

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| March 7 , 2018 , 15:18 IST

Days after the veteran actor's cousin accused him of sexually assaulting her 47-year-ago, Jeetendra has been booked by Shimla Police under IPC section 354. His cousin has alleged that the actor assaulted her when they were staying in a hotel together.

Shimla's Superintendent of Police Umapati Jamwal said, "An FIR under section 354 IPC has been registered at Chotta Shimla police station. After her email, we got in touch with the complainant, who later had also sent us a written complaint to support her version."

The complainant is now supposed to record an official statement before the magistrate and provide the appropriate evidence proving her stay in the hotel. She has sent an email to Himachal Pradesh Director General of Police SR Mardi in February seeking an FIR against Jeetendra.

The victim claims to be Jeetendra's cousin from her mother's brother and stated that she was waiting for her parent's death to unveil the scandal. She has accused the actor of joining her in bed under the influence of alcohol before sexually assaulted her in Shimla.

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The alleged crime took place in 1971 and SP has clarified that the investigations in the complaint will be carried out as per the old provisions of the section 354 IPC and not the new and amended provisions. No name of the hotel has yet been specified by the woman.

Jeetendra's lawyer had earlier rubbished the allegations as "baseless and ridiculous". His statement read, "Foremost, my client specifically and categorically denies any such incident. Besides even otherwise such baseless, ridiculous and fabricated claims cannot be entertained by any court of law or the law enforcement agencies after a span of almost 50 years."

Advocate Rizwan Siddiquee's statement further added, "The statute has provided a justice delivery system through the courts, and the Limitation Act 1963 was specifically enacted to ensure that all genuine complaints are made within a maximum time limit of three years so that a proper investigation is carried out and timely justice is delivered."

The complainant has alleged that Jeetendra had "arranged" for her to join him on his film sets before assaulting her in the intoxicated state. The 75-year-old actor is married to Shobhaa Kapoor for 43 years and they have two children together - Ekta Kapoor and Tusshar Kapoor.