Film producer Balagiri Manickam Giri received partial reprieve from the Bombay high court on Monday. The high court restrained Pune police from arresting the 56-year-old film producer in connection with a complaint pertaining to distribution rights of his film, One-Two-Three.
Giri, who has produced several south Indian movies, had moved the high court after Deccan Gymkhana police from Pune visited his office in Mumbai on April 28, 2011, along with a team from Juhu police station, and threatened to arrest him.
Hearing Giri’s petition, vacation bench of justice PD Kode gave him time till May 30 to seek regular bail from the concerned court at Pune. On March 18, 2011, an offence of cheating was registered against Giri at the Deccan Gymkhana police station in Pune. The offence was registered after a Pune-based film distributor Ajay Chowdhary moved a local court and obtained orders of investigation into his complaint.
The court on Monday restrained the police from arresting Giri but asked the producer to present himself before the Deccan Gymkhana police station on May 25, 26 and 27.
In March 2002, Balagiri-owned Siddharth Films and Chowdhary’s Events Unlimited, had signed an agreement for distribution rights of Telugu remake of the film. In his complaint, Chowdhary alleged that he had paid Rs70 lakh to Giri for acquiring distribution rights. Giri cheated him and three months later sold its distribution rights to Mayuri Films. Giri, however, claimed that Chowdhary had not paid him a penny.