Minister of State for Home (Rural) Deepak Kesarkar has said that a person of Nana Patekar's status cannot be accused of such an incident, in response to Tanushree Dutta's allegations of sexual harassment, reports news agency ANI.
Protection has been given against certain incidents that had happened & not against Nana Patekar. Unless there is a complaint you can't accuse a person of his status because he isn't only an actor but also a very well known social worker: MoS Home Maharashtra #TanushreeDutta pic.twitter.com/LbwaoZkYnX
" ANI (@ANI) October 3, 2018
It is now known to everybody that they were not connected to anything, it is her personal fight with somebody, those people have attacked and they have admitted that they have attacked so protection was given.: Deepak Kesarkar, MoS Home Maharashtra #TanushreeDutta pic.twitter.com/3ss0PeFT9J " ANI (@ANI) October 3, 2018
Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) member Ameya Khopkar on 2 October also dismissed Tanushree Dutta's claims about having received threats of a violent attack from the party, adding that Mumbai Police had reportedly offered her 24-hour protection. The actress's sexual harassment allegations against Nana Patekar have been dominating the news ever since she opened up about the alleged incident in a television interview.
In an interview with India Today TV, Khopkar said, "I had shared a clip of the incident where her car was attacked. In that clip, you can see that a few media representatives attacked her car after she had some argument with them. No MNS worker or leader can be seen because we were never there."
He also asserted that MNS has always supported Bollywood artistes, even running campaigns against Pakistani actors so that Indian actors would not be denied work. He also said that Dutta's move was a publicity stunt and the party has chosen not to react to it.