Rakesh Kapoor, the tenant of actor Priyanka Chopra (above) who had allegedly forged documents pertaining to the tenancy agreement, has 15 days to pay his rent dues or action would be taken against him.
On Wednesday, the sessions court accepted Kapoor’s anticipatory bail application, but only after issuing a strict warning.
“Judge ML Tahaliyani told him to pay the amount that he owes to the Chopras before the anticipatory bail plea comes up for hearing on January 25,” said KMM Prasanna, deputy commissioner of police (zone 9).
Kapoor stays in a flat owned by Priyanka in Oberoi Sky Gardens in Andheri (West). His tenancy agreement was to end on December 31, 2010, and the actor had sent him a notice a month in advance asking him to vacate the flat. The actor wanted him out because he had not paid his rent for several months, the police said.
But Kapoor refused to vacate the flat. He instead produced documents, according to which she was bound to extend the agreement under “any circumstances”. Moreover, as per the documents, if she intended to sell her flat, the first preference should be given to him.
The actor’s father, Ashok Chopra, who holds the power of attorney on Priyanka's behalf, registered a complaint. During investigation, the police found that the documents furnished by Kapoor were forged and so were the signatures.
On December 20, 2010, the Oshiwara police lodged a case against Kapoor under various sections of the India Penal Code related to forgery and cheating.