Actor Sanjay Dutt has approached the Bombay high court challenging the attachment of his two properties following dispute with producer Shakeel Noorani.
Seeking de-attachment of his properties, Dutt alleged that the order passed by the Indian Motion Pictures Producers' Association (IMPPA) was wrong in law and that the association was hand-in-glove with the producer.
On December 29, 2010, Dutt’s Pali Hill flat was attached whereas a notice was pasted on his official premises at Mayfair building in suburban Santacruz.
Noorani has claimed Rs 2.03 crore from Dutt, including Rs 50 lakh paid to him as a signing amount for an under-production film Jaan Ki Baazi. According to Noorani, he suffered loss to the tune of Rs 1.53 crore as the actor did not give dates for shooting of the film.
On January 28, 2010, Noorani approached the IMPPA, which applied for execution of the decree. After that the execution department of the high court directed for attachment of the actor’s properties.
Rizwan Merchant, Dutt’s lawyer, said: “The executive committee of the IMPPA was hand-in-glove with the producer and hence has passed a forged and fabricated award against Dutt.”
Dutt’s appeal states that his Mayfair building property could not be attached as his wife, Manyata, owned it.
Alleging that Noorani had personal enmity with Dutt, Merchant said, “In October 2001, Dutt attended two days of shooting of Jaan Ki Baazi. However, Noorani did not give him a single penny. Since no efforts were made by the producer to settle the actor’s dues, Dutt was compelled to cancel his shooting.”
Dutt’s appeal states that on January 19, 2010, IMPPA had kept the matter for further hearing on January 29. Merchant said: “If the hearing was kept on January 29 why was the award passed on January 28 in the absence of the party.”
His appeal states that since Dutt was not a member of the IMPPA, he is not bound by its rules and regulations. The appeal is likely to be heard next week.
Dutt is also likely to file another petition seeking for Noorani to be booked under the stringent provisions of MCOCA for allegedly hiring an underworld goon to threaten and extort money from him.