TV actor Yash Pandit accused of raping actress; absconding

Television actor and ‘MTV Splitsvilla 8’ contestant Yash Pandit has been booked for allegedly raping an actress on the pretext of marrying her.

The 28-year-old actress has alleged that Yash raped her on several occasions at his Juhu residence. The victim, whose name has been withheld, met Yash on the sets of a television show in September this year. She claimed that ever since they met on September 13 they have had a physical relationship and have got intimate with each other several times.

The actress has also alleged that on two occasions, Yash invited her to his home promising to introduce her with his parents, and instead had sex with her.  

When nothing worked out, the actress questioned Yash who then started avoiding her and ignoring her calls. She then approached the Juhu police station to file and FIR against him.

"He only had intentions of developing a physical relationship with me. He confessed to me that he had sexual relationships with other girls. They perhaps did not approach the cops, because they were scared of being defamed. But, I wanted to teach him a lesson to get his nefarious intentions out in public view," the actress told Midday.

Despite various tip-offs, the police are yet to trace and arrest the accused. The actress has meanwhile, claimed that the police was not doing enough to arrest the accused due to “his family’s influential connections.”

Sunil Ghosalkar, senior police inspector of Juhu police station said the police have set up teams "who have been raiding the places" where they "suspect him to have been hiding."

Yash is best known for his role as Lakshya Virani in popular television soap ‘Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi’.