The complaint against actor Sushmita Sen’s Tantra Production Limited lodged by a 19-year-old girl from Orissa, alleging that claims made by the company during a talent hunt were not fulfilled, has been transferred to the Khar police for investigation.
The complaint was registered in Bhubaneshwar in June. The complainant Smita Vyomkesh Pati who stays with her maternal grandparents in Bhubaneshwar had reportedly participated in a talent hunt organised for the Miss Universe Pageant, by Sen’s company after filling an online form.
The programme also had a basic course related to the pageant, said the police.
“Pati approached Mahila police station in Bhubaneshwar on June 9 and lodged a complaint that the agreement she was made to sign was bogus. Pati also claimed that she was made to pay Rs 5,000 as entry fee out of which, she was only given Rs 3,000 back when she left the programme,” said Senior Police Inspector Mangesh Pote.
The case was transferred to the city police two weeks ago. The Mahila police have registered a case under section 465 (forgery) and 469 (forgery for the purpose of harming reputation).
“The complainant had participated in the programme and had come to Mumbai. As a part of the programme, she was also taken out of the city during the initial months of the year following which, she returned and registered a complaint there,” said Police Inspector Sanjay Kale.
Despite several attempts through phone calls and SMSs to get in touch with Rebecca, Sen’s secretary, there was no response.