Singer Abhijeet who was booked for molesting a woman, denied all charges on Friday, saying they were false and baseless and asserted that he did not even know the woman.
“Look at what happened in Abhishek Bachchan’s wedding, a girl barged in and falsely accused him. How could I have molested a woman when I was not even near her? I don’t even know if such a woman exists,” said Abhijeet.
The singer added that he had become a soft target for false charges because of his celebrity status and his ‘bold’ nature.
Abhijeet Bhattacharya, the voice of many stars in the Nineties, has been accused by a woman of sexually harassing her during Durga puja celebrations. The 34-year-old woman has filed a police complaint in which she accuses the singer of touching her inappropriately and abusing her during a concert of singer Kailash Kher earlier this week. The charges of sexual harassment and “intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of peace” are listed in the complaint.
The incident allegedly took place at 10 pm on Wednesday at Lokhandwala, at a Durga Puja celebration in which the singer is among the organisers. Abhijeet has denied the harassment and says he only had an argument with the woman, whose uncle is also among the organisers of the Puja.
An FIR was slapped against him under Section 354 A (Molestation) 506 & 34 of the IPC, late on Thursday night at the Oshiwara police station in Mumbai.
A senior police officer, Subhash Khanvilkar said, “While the programme was going on, a woman stood up in between (the rows of the audience) that blocked the view of stage for the people sitting behind. People started shouting at her and when she did not listen, Abhijeet himself made her sit down. While trying to move away the victim from where she stood up, Abhijeet allegedly touched and caught her inappropriately.”
Singers Shaan, Sonu Nigam and Babul Supriyo also performed at the event. Bengali actor Prosenjit Chatterjee was also invited.