Dutt was threatened by underworld
A day after the Sheriff's office attached actor Sanjay Dutt's flat over a financial dispute with film producer Shakeel Noorani, the actor's lawyer alleged that the producer had hired underworld goons to threaten the actor in 2008. HT reports.entertainment Updated: Dec 30, 2010 16:31 IST
"Noorani had hired goons to try and extort money from Dutt," the actor's lawyer Rizwan Merchant said on Wednesday. "Dutt had lodged a complaint with the crime branch and the investigation was handed over to the Anti-Extortion Cell, which had recorded statements of both the actor and the producer," Merchant added.
Merchant said Dutt would soon move the Bombay high court seeking that a case be registered against Noorani under MCOCA. "Noorani has indulged in organised crime by asking the underworld to threaten and extort money from Dutt," Merchant alleged.
Noorani rubbished the allegations claiming it was the other way around. "Dutt told me if I troubled him he would shoot me dead," the producer said.
The Sheriff's office attached Dutt's flat at Pali Hill, Bandra, on Tuesday while a similar attachment notice was pasted at his office on Wednesday. This was done on orders from the execution department of the high court, which in turn acted on an execution application filed by Noorani seeking to recover Rs 2.03 crore from Dutt in accordance with an award passed by the Indian Motion Picture Producer's Association.
Merchant questioned the attachment notices saying Noorani had misrepresented facts before the court. "The office in Mayfair Melody at Santacruz is owned by Dutt's wife Manyata. How can his wife's property be attached?" Merchant said.
Noorani had claimed Rs 2.03 crore from the actor, which includes Rs 50 lakh paid to him as a signing amount for the film Jaan Ki Baazi. He alleged Dutt had not given dates for shooting as a result of which the film was incomplete and he had to suffer losses of Rs 1.53 crore.