Comedian booked for ‘molestation’, producers, directors under scanner

The FIR against Satpathy came hours after Khurda district Child Welfare Committee (CWC) conducted a probe and asked Bhubaneswar police to lodge a case.

Written by Debabrata Mohanty | Bhubaneswar | Published: June 28, 2016 3:14:16 am

BHUBANESWAR POLICE Monday lodged a case against popular TV comedian and BJD candidate in 2014 Assembly election Tatwa Prakash Satpathy, alias Papu Pom Pom, over allegations of molesting a minor girl from the city a year ago after promising to get her roles in films.

This comes on a day the Mahila Police served notices on six persons, including a husband-wife producer duo and three directors, and asked them to appear before police for questioning in a case of alleged sexual harassment filed by a TV actress. Two of the accused refuted the charges.

The FIR against Satpathy came hours after Khurda district Child Welfare Committee (CWC) conducted a probe and asked Bhubaneswar police to lodge a case. CWC member Benudhar Senapati told The Indian Express that a committee member had met the 17-year-old complainant, a school student, on Sunday and was told that Satpathy had allegedly molested her in a car.

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The CWC also asked police to file cases against one Pradipta Swain, the actor’s associate, under Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act and IPC. “The girl was threatened with gangrape if she spoke about the incident,” the CWC member said.

The BJD candidate from Champua constituency of Keonjhar in 2014, Satpathy lost to Independent candidate Sanatan Mahakud. He is a popular face in Odia TV shows and films.

In the other FIR lodged with Mahila Police, the actress, in her twenties, has accused husband-wife producer duo Nihar Samal-Bini Samal of Urmee Communications, directors Subrat Nayak, Tapas Saragharia and Chandi Parija and event manager Bapi Jena of seeking sexual favours to get her roles in serials and films.

Producer Bini Samal, one of the six accused, said that none of the 300-odd artistes working in his production house had ever made any such complaint.

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