The Mumbai Police on Friday said it will summon Ranveer Singh for questioning on August 22 in connection with the FIR registered against him at Chembur police station for posting his nude photographs on his Instagram account.
A police team on Friday visited the actor’s residence in Mumbai to issue him the summons but he was not at his residence. It was communicated to the police that he would be back on August 16, when the team will again go to his residence and serve the summons for August 22, said an officer.
The police had on July 26 registered an FIR against the actor for allegedly posting photographs from his nude photoshoot for Paper magazine on his Instagram account. The action came after the president of a city-based NGO lodged a complaint with the police .
According to a note issued by Mumbai Police then, by posting his nude photographs, the actor, in order to “earn big money”, had ended up “being a poor influence on young children and society at large”. With this act, he has also attempted to outrage the modesty of women, the note read.
A senior officer said, “We will record his statement in connection with the FIR registered by the Chembur police station as part of our probe in the case.”
The Gully Boy actor was booked under sections 292 (sale of obscene books), 293 (sale of obscene objects to young persons) and 509 (act intending to outrage modesty of women) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), along with Section 67A of the IT Act, which deals with publication of any material that contains sexually explicit act or conduct.
In his statement, complainant Lalit Tekchandani had said that on July 24, a friend sent him the images Singh had shared on Instagram and Twitter. He alleged that when he zoomed in on one of the photographs, he realized that the actor’s private parts were visible. The photo had gone viral.