New Delhi, Oct 16: The Indian Film and Television Directors Association (IFTDA) on Monday issued a show-cause notice to director Sajid Khan, who has been accused of sexual harassment.
The organisation wants the filmmaker to respond to the allegations within a week's time, failing which action will be taken against him.
'We were literally shocked to receive the email complaints of Ms Karishma Upadhyay, an eminent journalist, Ms Rachel White and Ms Simran Suri, both aspiring actors against you for outraging the modesty of the women by abusing your power as director of films 'Humshakals' and 'Himmatwala',' the notice read.
'Your lewd and obscene actions have brought disrepute to Indian Film and Television Directors’ Association. We, therefore, want an explanation from you for such offensive behaviour within seven days of the receipt of the notice for further action as per the rules and regulations…In case of no reply, ex-parte decision would be taken,' the notice added.
Earlier, reacting to the allegations of sexual misbehaviour put against him, Sajid had issued a statement on Twitter saying, 'In the wake of the allegations against me and the pressure being put on my family, my producer and the stars of the film Housefull 4, I must take the moral responsibility of stepping down from my directorial post, till the time I can allay the allegations and prove the truth. I request my friends in the media to kindly not pass judgment till the truth is out.'