Bollywood director Sanjay Leela Bhansali's petition in HC seeking quashing of a criminal case registered against him in connection with a fire on the sets of his film "Black" in 2004 may see a speedy hearing with the Supreme Court issuing orders over the issue.
The apex court has asked the Bombay High Court to expedite the hearing on the petition filed by him in the criminal case.
The order for speedy hearing was passed by a Bench of Justices D K Jain and R M Lodha on Friday while disposing a petition filed by an antique dealer who had sought vacation of stay on criminal proceedings against the film maker.
Farida Husseinally, an antique dealer, who had lost the articles supplied by her in the fire had filed a criminal complaint in 2006, alleging that use of LPG cylinders on the set was a criminal offence under the law.
She allegedly had lost furniture worth Rs two crore which included heavy bronze and copper items. In a complaint in a Borivali court, she had alleged that Bhansali was in the habit of putting his films sets on fire for duping the insurance companies.