Vikas Bahl Gets Clean Chit From Sexual Harassment Allegations; Will Be Credited As Super 30 Director
Vikas Bahl, who was accused of sexual misconduct by a former employee of Phantom Films and was removed from Hrithik Roshanstarrer Super 30, has been given a clean chit by Reliance Entertainment’s internal complaints committee
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A Mumbai Mirror report states, “Director Vikas Bahl, who was accused of sexual misconduct by a former employee of Phantom Films and was removed from Hrithik Roshanstarrer Super 30, has been cleared of all charges following an internal inquiry by Reliance Entertainment, which held a 50% stake in Phantom.” The clean chit will enable Bahl to return to Super 30 and his name will be incorporated in the credits when the film’s trailer is released next week,” the statement added.
Reliance Entertainment’s, Group CEO, Shibasish Sarkar, confirmed the new to Mirror and said, “Yes, it is true that the internal complaints committee report has exonerated Vikas Bahl. With the committee clearing Vikas, we don’t have a choice but to reinstate his credit as director of Super 30.”
Reportedly, Reliance Entertainment’s internal complaints committee probed allegations with due diligence. A source close to the development told the tabloid, “Despite repeated reminders, the complainant did not appear before the committee,” a source told. “Those associated with the complainant and the respondent were interviewed by the committee. It also recorded documentation and correspondence between the two and based on this, it has unanimously concluded that Vikas Bahl stands exonerated of all charges levelled against him.”
It is also being said that Vikas wrote to Reliance Entertainment and asked them to launch an investigation as the company or Phantom Films never received a formal complaint from the woman. The source further added, “The woman said the incident took place in 2015—the same year that the Reliance-Phantom merger happened. Over the next two years, till April 20, 2017, Reliance did not receive any complaint nor did it have an idea of any such alleged incident. The company always had an internal complaints committee to deal with such issues but no compliant was registered with it either.”
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