The High Court in Himachal Pradesh has stayed proceedings in the molestation case against veteran star, Jeetendra.

The actor has been embroiled in controversy after his cousin complained that she was allegedly sexually assaulted in a hotel in 1971, when she was 18. Jeetendra has denied the claims and challenged the FIR filed against him.

Jeetendra’s lawyer Rizwan Siddiquee had earlier said, “Foremost my client specifically and categorically denies any such incident. Besides even otherwise such baseless, ridiculous and fabricated claims cannot be entertained by any Court of law or the law enforcement agencies after a span of almost 50 years. The Statute has provided a justice delivery system through the Courts, and the Limitation Act 1963 was specifically enacted to ensure that all genuine complaints are made within a maximum time limit of three years so that a proper investigation is carried out and timely justice is delivered.”

He had added, “Besides I want to make it specifically clear that the law does not give any person any rights or liberties of making any baseless, ridiculous or fabricated claims against any man publicly and seek to defame him with a hidden personal agenda. Media is therefore adviced to cautiously refrain from giving any importance to such ridiculous, baseless and fabricated claims, and they should not participate in any way whatsoever in defaming or assassinating the character of any man in such cases.”