Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Jun 27:
Odisha police have issued notices to six persons associated with the regional television and film industry for their alleged involvement in the exploitation of a female actor.
The complainant Sarmistha Priyadarshini—a television actor—had filed a complaint with the Mahila Police here yesterday against directors Tapas Sargaria and Chandi Parija, event manager Bapi Jena, producer Subrat Naik, husband-wife duo and tele serial producers Nihar Samal and Bini Samal.
Mahila Police registered a case under Sec 354, 294, 506 and 34 of IPC late yesterday evening.
Following this, the actor has recorded her statement under Sec 161 of CrPC. Based on her statement, the Twin City Commissionerate police have issued notices to these six persons to depose before it for questioning as part of the investigation.
On the other hand, Chandi Parija, Nihar Samal, Bini Samal and other actors working under the banner of production house Urmee Communication today held a press conference at a city-based hotel. The
“On December 20 last year she had quit my company. After six months, she has leveled allegations against me and my husband. Why was she silent for these many months? At the time of joining our company on 8 August, 2014, she had signed an agreement. She had received Rs 2 lakh through demand promissory note as advance. Later she quit our company as a result of which three days’ shooting was affected and I had incurred Rs 2 lakh loss. Overall, it was Rs 4 lakh due on her for which she has leveled allegations not to repay the amount. I demand the amount or else I would take legal recourse. Initially, she had filed a complaint against three persons of casting couch at Lingaraj Police station. Now, she has included three more persons associated with Urmee Communications,” Bini Samal claimed.
Reacting to this, Sarmistha said: “If she has given me money as advance then let her show in which mode she has paid me. I have the proof to back my claims.”