Koena Mitra on her six-month jail term: ‘I’ve been framed. We will go to the higher court’

Koena Mitra has been sentenced to six months in prison in a cheque-bouncing case. She says she will move the higher court against the decision.
Koena Mitra has been sentenced to six months in prison.
Koena Mitra has been sentenced to six months in prison.
Updated on Jul 22, 2019 08:56 PM IST
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Indo Asian News Service | ByHT Correspondent

Bollywood actor Koena Mitra has been sentenced to six months in prison in a cheque-bouncing case. She says she has been framed, adding that she will challenge the order in a higher court.

The case was registered against Koena in accordance with a complaint lodged by model Poonam Sethi in 2013. Following this, Koena was asked to pay 4.64 lakh, of which 1.64 lakh was interest component, to complainant Sethi.

“It is a court matter, so obviously we will go to the higher court to challenge the order. The higher court will give us an order (and) only then can we talk about it. Right now, I don’t have anything to say except that it’s a fraud case and I am being framed,” Koena told IANS over phone from Mumbai.

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Sethi’s complaint states that Koena had, over time, borrowed 22 lakh from her. When the actor gave Sethi a cheque of three lakh rupees as part of the repayment, it bounced, reportedly for ‘want of funds’.

At the Andheri Metropolitan court in Mumbai, Magistrate Ketaki Chavan rejected Koena’s arguments, which included her claim that Sethi could not afford to lend her 22 lakh.

Koena said that her lawyer wasn’t present in the court during the final argument, so the order was passed without her side of the argument being presented. She added that her lawyers are currently working on a challenge plea.

“My advocate has to appear for the final argument, too, and the magistrate didn’t give me a chance. We will challenge this order in the higher court,” said Koena.

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