Bhubaneswar: The Odisha Police has said that it can't take action against Bollywood actor Raveena Tandon for shooting an advertisement in the 'no camera zone' inside the Lingaraj temple premises in Bhubaneswar.
Stating the reason why it can't take any action against the actress, the Odisha police said the complaint filed against her was not a cognisable offence.
"There is no Act to take any action against videography. During Shivaratri, many gathered inside Lingaraj Temple and were seen taking photos and videos openly. There was live coverage by all Odiya channels also. So, in this case, though we have received a complaint from temple administration, we cannot take any action against Raveena Tandon or anybody else," Cuttack-Bhubaneswar Police Commissioner Yogesh Bahadur Khurania said.
Bhubaneswar's Lingaraj Temple authorities had filed a complaint against Raveena Tandon on Tuesday, accusing her of shooting for an advertisement in the 'no camera zone' inside the temple premises.
The temple authorities filed a complaint after a mobile video surfaced on the social media showing the actor discussing the beauty tips with fans surrounding her.
The actress, however, dismissed the allegations saying there was no shooting of advertisement at the temple.
“It was no agency and no advertising. It was all locals and members of the Mandir Trust and some media who were filming on their mobiles phones and also taking selfies," she said.
Please see the lady in the picture . She is a local and had her mobile phone in her hand . While I did not . pic.twitter.com/w8Ld4awFj6
— Raveena Tandon (@TandonRaveena) March 6, 2018
She further said that she was not aware of the phone ban in the temple, claiming that even local authorities did not alert her team or raised any objection when photographs were clicked.
“I understand temple authorities are distraught as everyone around me (organisers, security, pandits, locals) were using cellphones, clicking videos, taking selfies. I was not aware of phone ban, hence the issue,” said Raveena Tandon.
The Archaeological Survey of India too reportedly launched an investigation into the matter.
(With Agency Inputs)