The National Commission for Women (NCW) issued new notices to Mahesh Bhatt, Urvashi Rautela, Esha Gupta, Mouni Roy, Rannvijay Singh and Prince Narula after they failed to appear at the hearing on August 6th regarding the allegations of sexual assault and blackmail against IMG Ventures promoter Sunny Verma. However, according to Bhatt, he never received any such notice.
A letter was sent to NCW by Bhatt’s legal team, stating, “Our client would like to bring to your attention that our client has not received any such notice from NCW as mentioned in your tweets. We understand that your notice has been issued for seeking our client’s presence as a witness. Our client is ready and willing to offer all cooperation that is required by your good office. In any event, our client would like to place on record that neither he is associated with IMG Venture or his promoter nor with the complainant Ms. Yogita Bhayana nor any incident mentioned in your tweets in any manner whatsoever.”, DNA reported.
Verma has been accused of blackmailing and sexually abusing women under the pretext of a modelling career. The case was filed by Bhayana, founder of People Against Rape in India (PARI). The celebrities called to make statements in the matter were allegedly professionally associated with IMG Ventures in the past. Bhatt legal team has denied these claims, emphasizing that, “The allegations made against our client Mr. Mahesh Bhatt are made without verification of true and correct facts. We are taking legal action against all the news agencies who have reported false and defamatory articles.”