Jeetendra gets relief in sexual assault charges

Veteran actor Jeetendra could heave a sigh of relief. Himachal Pradesh High Court today stayed the further proceedings against the actor in the sexual assault case which was registered by his cousin.

The actor’s cousin on February 16 lodged a complaint with Shimla police that Jeetendra sexually assaulted her in a hotel in January 1971.

The high court has given May 23 for the case hearing. Jeetendra challenged the FIR registered against him and sought for rejection of the FIR.

The actor claimed that police had registered the FIR without any initial investigation or evidence.

The case dates back to 47 years ago. According to the complainant, Jeetendra invited her to join him in Shimla and then he came drunk to her room, joined two twin beds and sexually assaulted her.

Jeetendra has been booked under section 354 IPC, according to the law of 1971 as the crime took place then.

The complainant is yet to prove the name of the hotel.

However, Jeetendra’s lawyer rubbished the allegations as “baseless and ridiculous”. A statement issued by his lawyer said Jeetendra categorically denies any such incident took place. “...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,” a statement issued by advocate Rizwan Siddiquee said.