The rape case against Alok Nath was lodged on the basis of a “defamatory” and “false” report of complainant Vinta Nanda, the sessions court observed while granting a pre-arrest bail to the Bollywood actor last week.
Granting the relief to Nath on a surety bond of Rs 5 lakh, Additional Sessions Court Judge S S Oza said the rape complaint filed by the screenwriter is a “personal vendetta”.
In its order, which was uploaded on Tuesday evening, the judge noted that the allegation raised by the complainant might have been inspired by her “unrequited and un-reciprocated love” for Nath.
“The offence against the actor has been registered on the basis of patently defamatory, false, malicious, derogatory and imaginary report of the first informant or complainant (Nanda),” the judge noted.
“The report or complaint is inspired by the complainant’s personal vendetta towards him,” the court said.
The court observed that the complainant and Nath’s wife Ashu were college friends in the early 1980s in Chandigarh.
“The duo was working in the production unit of a television serial (in Mumbai) when they met Alok Nath in mid-80s, and a fast friendship developed between the three of them. He (Nath) proposed to Ashu in 1987 and they got married,” the court said in the order.
The complainant soon found herself to be “secluded” as she had lost her best friend, it stated.
On October 8 last year, the screenwriter shared her experience on social media when MeToo movement was at its peak, without naming Nath.
Nath is known for his portrayal of characters endorsing moral and family values in films such as “Maine Pyaar Kiya”, “Hum Aapke Hain Koun!”, “Hum Saath Saath Hain” and “Vivah” to name a few.