Sajid Khan was one of the most prominent Bollywood names that cropped up during the #MeToo campaign. On Wednesday morning the Indian Film & Television Directors' Association announced that the body has suspended Sajid Khan for a year. This news didn’t go down well with many and IFTDA was slammed for banning the filmmaker for just one year. Ashoke Pandit, the president of Indian Film & Television Directors' Association though is putting up a stern front in the face of this backlash.
“One has to understand one thing that we are not a court here. We have fantastic members in the POSH committee that we have formed where we have two very senior counsels. After hearing the victims and him (Sajid), we believed what the victims have said and we have come to this conclusion. In this kind of situation, we have no proof and witnesses who are there to second these opinions. Even if tomorrow you go to the court, you will have to present proof to the court. As an association and as an organisation, we can’t exceed the limits of an organization and we have no right to take away the right to work and right to live,” Ashoke Pandit said.
“As an organisation if we ban someone for a lifetime, he can go to the court and say that the entire ban is illegal because they don’t have any proof of whatever complaints have been made against me. The accusations can’t hang him or put him behind the bars. We have our own limitations, we as an association cannot ban anybody for a lifetime. It is not possible legally. This the best we could do and the committee could do. Our intention is that we will not allow any misbehavior in the industry whether it is with a girl or a boy because it happens both ways,” he added.