Veteran actor Jeetendra has been accused of sexually abusing his cousin after she filed a complaint against him in Himachal Pradesh. This reportedly happened many years ago when he was 28 and she was 18. The complainant has claimed that on the night they reached Shimla (where had taken her for a film shoot), Jeetendra returned to the room in an inebriated state, joined the two separate beds and sexually assaulted her.
His lawyer, advocate Rizwan Siddiquee has given a lengthy statement on this matter –
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.
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 adviced 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 it truly deserves.