Builder and film financer, Yusuf Lakdawala, refuted the allegations levelled against him, by yesteryears actress Sadhna, on Wednesday.
Lakdawala (63), and his lawyer Majeed Memon held a press conference refuting the claims and alleged that the FIR was lodged as an after thought and with ulterior motives. Lakdawala has sent a legal notice to Sadhna alleging defamation and said they will sue her for Rs 100 crore.
On August 12, Sadhna had lodged a complaint alleging that Lakdawala had threatened her on August 9, because he was interested in developing the three-story Sangeeta Bungalow at Santacruz. Singer Asha Bhosale owns the bungalow, while Sadhna and Lakdawala are tenants.
Lakdawala, a Bandra resident, said on August 9, it was Sadhana who called him up four times asking him to come to the bungalow and help her solve a dispute with the domestic helps about an overhead water tank.
“I went to Santacruz and we solved the issue. Later she even called me three times to thank me,” said Lakdawala. Memon said they have submitted a list of the phone records to the police.
Earlier in the day, they had gone to meet Home Minister R.R. Patil and Minority Welfare Minister, Naseem Khan. “We have submitted the phone records to them,” said Memon.
The property has been in dispute since the 1980s and a suit is still pending with the small causes court. As Bhosale has heirs and therefore claimants to the property, the tenants have been depositing rent with the small causes court since 1990.
Sources close to Sadhna said that a person going to the police to voice grievances does not amount to defamation. “If he (Lakdawala) is taking the legal course, then it will be adequately defended (by Sadhna),” said the source.