New Delhi: After Esha Gupta, now filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt has responded to the notice issued by the National Commission for Women (NCW), saying that he did not received any such notice or any form of communication from NCW.
His response came after NCW earlier today issued a notice to Mahesh Bhatt, Urvashi Rautela, Esha Gupta, Rannvijay Singha, Mouni Roy, and Prince Narula for recording of witness statements on a complaint received from a social activist Yogita Bhayan.
Founder of People Against Rapes in India, Yogita Bhayan has reportedly alleged that the mentioned celebs initially promoted a modelling firm accused of exploiting girls, and then disassociated themselves with firm’s promoter Sunny Verma and his bad deeds. She alleged that the celebs are now refusing to come in front and reveal the truth.
Upon acknowledging the matter, NCW chairperson Rekha Sharma issued a notice to the mentioned celebrities for recording their statement in the case against the modelling firm IMG Ventures and its promoter Sunny Verma, who has been accused of duping and exploiting young girls on the pretext of providing them modelling opportunities in the industry.
Responding to the served notice by NCW on Thursday, Mahesh Bhatt’s team released a statement saying Bhatt did not received any such notice or summon by the NCW.
“Mr. Bhatt would like to bring to everyone’s attention that he has not received any such notice/summons or any form of communication from NCW as mentioned in their tweets. On behalf of Mr. Mahesh Bhatt and his legal team please find below the letter sent to NCW for your reference. Mahesh Bhatt would like to place on record that neither he is associated with IMG Venture or his promoter nor with any incident mentioned in their tweets in any manner whatsoever,” the statement read, as quoted by SpotboyE.
As per the latest development, NCW chairperson Rekha Sharma took serious note of non-appearance of the mentioned celebs and adjourned the meeting to next date on August 18 at 11.30 AM. Sharma said that a formal notice will be sent again and non-appearance will be followed by action as per their procedures.