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“We have received the letter. We are studying it. We have sent it to our legal department and will decide the future course of action,” MSCW chairperson Vijaya Rahatkar said. She, however, did not reveal the contents of the letter.
The 50-year-old actor was asked to come for hearing on two previous occasions — June 29 and July 7 — but he did not turn up. Subsequently, he was asked appear before the commission on Thursday to explain his statement that he felt like a “raped woman” after a gruelling shoot for his film Sultan, in which he plays a wrestler.
He was directed to submit his reply in an affidavit form explaining the comment which created a nationwide furore.
On the two previous occasions, Salman had, through his lawyer, urged the MSCW not to proceed with the matter here since it was already pending before the NCW and it cannot be heard simultaneously at two places. However, Rahatkar had turned down his plea. “We have concurrent powers just the way the NCW has. This matter can be heard at the state level too. Therefore, his version is invalid,” Rahatkar said then, rejecting his plea.
On July 8, Salman defied the NCW’s summons and did not appear before it to clarify his controversial remark, a day after he missed a date with the Maharashtra women’s panel.