Dilip Kumar acquitted in 18-year-old cheque-bounce case
Actor Dilip Kumar was acquitted in a cheque bouncing case by a Mumbai court on Tuesday, ending an 18-year-long legal battle for the Bollywood veteran.india Updated: Feb 23, 2016 21:23 IST
A Mumbai court acquitted veteran actor Dilip Kumar in a cheque bounce case on Tuesday, ending an 18-year-old legal battle.
The case against Kumar – then a director of Geekay Exim (India) Limited – was filed in a magistrate court by Smita Shroff, an investor who had reportedly put in a sum of Rs 45 lakh into the company with expectations of good returns. Though the company issued a cheque of Rs 57.61 lakh to her in 1998, it allegedly bounced.
The same year, Shroff filed a cheque bounce case against 20 directors of the firm – including Kumar.
“We dropped the case against 16 of the directors during the course of the hearing because many of them became untraceable... Therefore, we decided to proceed against four of the 20 directors,” said Rashid Khan, who represented Shroff.
Declaring that the complainant had failed to prove the active participation of Kumar and another accused – Vimalkumar Rathi – in the company’s day to day activities, the court acquitted the two. However, it convicted two others, A Sathuraman and Gopalkrishna Rathi, awarding them one-year imprisonment and a fine of Rs 10,000.
Expressing concern over case-related stress affecting Kumar’s health, his wife Saira Banu had asked his well-wishers to pray for him on Monday. “At 94 yrs, Saab’s health is delicate, facing neurological problems…” she tweeted.
Kumar, who acted in classics like ‘Mughal-e-Azam’ and ‘Devdas’, received the prestigious Padma Vibhushan Award in 2015 for his contribution to Indian cinema.