Police have arrested nine people, including Bollywood actor Jackie Bhagnani, producer Anirban Bala, producer Krishna Kumar and photographer Klaston Julian, on a complaint by an unidentified 28-year-old model, singer and artist from Mumbai, Maharashtra, India. He started the investigation by filing a case of ‘exploitation’.
According to the Indian newspaper ‘Midday’, after a delay of at least 20 days, the police registered a case against the important persons on the complaint of a woman under the provisions of the Indian Penal Code, including ‘rape, sexual exploitation and harassment of women’. Related provisions are also included.
The woman, who was raped and sexually abused, had written to the Bandra police in Mumbai on April 10 this month informing them of the abuse.
Two weeks after receiving the woman’s complaint, police launched an investigation on May 26 against actor Jackie Bhagnani, T-series producer Krishna Kumar, photographer Klaston Julian, producer Anirban Bala and others.
According to the police, despite the filing of the case, no arrest has been made so far as some of the accused’s houses are locked, while there are reports about actor Jackie Bhagnani who is also on a tour abroad.
In this regard, India Today reported that the other persons named in the case include Nikhal Kamat, Shell Gupta, Ajit Thakur, Gurujiyut Singh and Vishnu Andori.
The woman claimed to have been “raped, sexually abused and physically harassed” by everyone at different times, occasions, and places from 2014 to 2019, the report said.
According to the woman, all the people targeted her in exchange for various jobs in the industry.
According to reports, each of the people nominated by the model and singer targeted them separately and on different occasions between 2014 and 2019.
The Hindustan Times reported that the model had mentioned the incident to the Mumbai Police in her social media post on April 12.
Following the social media post, the woman made a written request to the Mumbai police, on which the police filed a case on March 26 and started an investigation.
According to the woman, photographer Clinton Julian first raped her in 2014 in the Bandra area of Mumbai and continued to do so until 2018.
According to the model, other accused also took advantage of them and physically abused them.
Immediately after the woman’s allegations, however, producer Ajit Thackeray and photographer Clinton Julian denied the allegations and accused the model of blackmailing her.
Speaking to The Times of India, producer Ajit Thackeray termed the allegations against him as fabricated and said that he was being blackmailed.
Photographer Clinton Julian also denied the woman’s allegations, saying he would file a defamation suit against the model if the allegations were made.
The duo dismissed the model and singer’s allegations as untrue, claiming that they had evidence that the woman was blackmailing them.