A chargesheet has been filed against model and actor Poonam Pandey and her husband Sam Ahmad Bombay before the Judicial Magistrate First Class by Goa’s Canacona police, for allegedly trespassing on government property and filming an “obscene video” at Chapoli Dam, back in 2020.
The incident took place on October 31, 2020. A few days after this, on November 5, Pankaj Kumar Singh, the Superintendent of Police (South Goa), told the media that Pandey was arrested for “trespassing into government land” at the state-owned dam area in Canacona town.
Later that night, the actor and her husband were granted bail on a bond of Rs 20,000 each.
Two separate complaints were registered against Pandey and her husband at the time. While the State Water Resources Department filed a complaint on November 3 for trespassing, videography, and circulating the video, the women’s wing of the Goa Forward Party filed another complaint on November 4 for filming an “indecent video.”
Aside from these two complaints, the residents of Canacona town had also demanded action against the two policemen who had provided security to the actor and her crew. The two inspectors were then suspended pending further inquiry.
The police has recorded the statements of 39 witnesses, who would be examined by the court during the case trial, Canacona police inspector Pravin Gawas told PTI on Tuesday.
The couple has been charged under sections 447 (criminal trespass), 292, 293 (obscenity) and 294 (reciting or uttering any obscene song or words in public place) of the Indian Penal Code as well as provisions of the Indecent Representation of Women (Prohibition) Act, 1986, and the Information Technology Act.
Meanwhile, Pandey also stands as an accused in the ongoing pornography case involving actor Shilpa Shetty‘s husband and businessman Raj Kundra and actor Sherlyn Chopra. The case, which dates back to October 2020, pertains to an FIR registered by the Cyber Cell regarding the broadcasting of nude, erotic content on an OTT platform. Recently, in January, Pandey was granted interim protection in the case by the Supreme Court.