Post Sushant Singh Rajput‘s death, Mahesh Bhatt has been in the limelight for nepotism and having a relation with Rhea Chakraborty. Now, Mahesh Bhatt along with Mouni Roy, Urvashi Rautela, Prince Narula, and Rannvijay Singha was issued notices from the National Commission for Women. The NCW issues notice to them for allegedly promoting a modeling firm named IMG ventures, which has been accused of exploiting girls in a sexual abuse case.
The case was first filed on July 15 by a social activist Yogita Bhayana. Yogita accused a man named Sunny Verma for duping and exploiting young girls who wish to work in the modeling and film industry. Sunny Verma is a promoter of IMG ventures.
As reported, on Tuesday Mahesh Bhatt showed his presence before the NCW and clarified the allegations made against him. The statement he gave before NCW, was also shared on the Instagram page of Vishesh Films.
Read Mahesh Bhatt’s statement on the sexual abuse case here:
I salute the National Commission for Women for taking up the noble cause of whistleblowing the vulnerability and exploitation of women by few miscreants who bring shame and disgrace to the entire industry.
I appeared before the Hon’ble Commission today in the context of the complaint filed by M Yogita Bhayana, Founder of People against Rapes in India against Mr. Sunny Verma, promoter of the company IMG Ventures. I was summoned to appear as my name and images were used by IMG Ventures for the promotion of their event Mr. and Miss. Glamour 2020, scheduled to be held in November 2020.
I clarified to the Hon’ble Chairperson that while I was approached to attend this event as a Chief Guest, I had responded that in the current COVID 19 circumstances, I would not attend any event. I could give it thought closer to November, depending on the circumstances at the relevant time. I have neither agreed nor received any monetary consideration for the event. Unfortunately, my name and images were picked up from social media and misused in relation to the event without my consent and authority. When I confronted them on this, they have apologized profusely and withdrawn all my images in association with the event.
I am issuing this statement to make everyone aware that I have no association with IMG Ventures, Sunny Verma and Mr.and Miss. Glamour 2020 and my name and credibility should not be misused for promotion of the event to lure participation of others.
I am 71 years of age and at this age, I believe in sharing knowledge and support social causes.
As a father of three girls, I have the highest regard for the cause taken up by Ms. Yogita and the National Commission for Women and express my full cooperation for the crusade.
Sd/- Mahesh Bhatt.
Mahesh Bhatt is also targeted in Sushant Singh Rajput’s probe and also Kangana Ranaut has blamed him for nepotism in the industry.