Jeetendra Counsel

Veteran actor Jeetendra’s counsel Rizwan Siddique has clarified his stance on the sexual abuse charge filed by the actor’s cousin. Siddique says “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.” (IANS photo)

MUMBAI—A woman accused Jeetendra of abusing her when she was 18, and he was 28-year old. The actor is now 75. The lady filed a complaint in Himachal Pradesh but refused to disclose her identity, though she is supposed to be his cousin. The alleged incident took place in January 1971, when she was 18 and Jeetendra was 28. As per the complaint, the actor "arranged" for the survivor to join him from New Delhi to Shimla on the set of his movie without her “awareness,” and she claimed that on the night they reached Shimla, Jeetendra returned to the room in an inebriated state, joined the two separate beds and sexually assaulted her.

Jeetendra’s counsel Rizwan Siddique clarified his stance on the same. He said, “First and 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. 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.”

Siddique added, “Besides, I want to make it specifically clear that the law does not give any person any rights or liberties of making any baseless, ridiculous or fabricated claims against any man publicly and seek to defame him with a hidden personal agenda. Media is therefore advised to cautiously refrain from giving any importance to such ridiculous, baseless and fabricated claims, and they should not participate in any way whatsoever in defaming or assassinating the character of any man in such cases.

“In any event the timing of this baseless complaint seems to be nothing but a miserable effort made by a jealous competitor to disrupt the business activities of my client and his esteemed company. Such efforts are therefore in all fairness treated with the contempt they truly deserve.”

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