Dutee Chand files complaint against senior journalist for maligning her reputation

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Sprinter Dutee Chand has lodged a complaint in Mahila police station here alleging harassment by senior journalist Sudhanshu Rout and correspondent of news channel Focus plus Odisha and a social activist. She said this had an adverse impact on her performance during the recently concluded Tokyo Olympics.

In her complaint, Dutee alleged that the correspondent of the news channel interviewed her family members when she was in Tokyo. In the interview, Dutee’s family members reportedly spoke about their personal issues with her. She alleged that senior journalist Sudhanshu Rout of the news channel demanded money from her for not airing the interview.

Mahila police said they have registered a case and launched an investigation into the matter.
Dutee has also filed a Rs 5 crore defamation lawsuit against Sudhanshu Rout and a social activist for maligning her reputation. She accused the social activist of levelling fabricated allegations against her of misusing government funds.

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