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MUMBAI: Journalist-turned-actress Geetika Tyagi, who has created a storm in Bollywood by alleging molestation by director Subhash Kapoor and posting a video of her slapping him, was fired by a news channel in 2004 for stealing a fellow journalist’s ATM card.
According to Mid-Day, Geetika stole fellow news anchor Shazia Ilmi’s ATM card and withdrew money using it. Shazia Ilmi is now an Aam Aadmi Party leader.
The report quotes a source close to Shazia Ilmi as saying, “She (Ilmi) used to anchor the 7 pm news segment and Geetika would host the 10 pm slot. They shared a makeup room and often Shazia would leave her bag inside the make-up room, not realising that Geetika would fish out her ATM card from the bag and withdraw money from the bank. Obviously, Ilmi was alarmed that her card was being misused; she even filed a complaint with the management.’’
The report says Geetika initially denied any wrong-doing, but later accepted her guilt.
“She (Geetika) was shown CCTV footage that caught her in the act and immediately after, she was asked to resign from the organisation,’’ the report quotes the source as saying.