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Are they guilty or just soft targets?

Are these celebrities really indulging in illegal activities or are they just being targetted because they are well-known?

entertainment Updated: Jul 16, 2012 00:17 IST

Are these celebrities really indulging in illegal activities or are they just being targetted because they are well-known?

FIR against actor Amar Upadhyay for conning Delhi businessman

Actor Amar Upadhyay has decided to take legal action against Delhi businessman Saket Aggarwal and his son Shrawan, who filed an FIR against him, stating that the actor duped him of seven and a half lakh rupees.

Aggarwal’s attorney, Sandeep Banga says, “As per the information from the complainant, in 2006, Upadhyaya floated a company called Mihir Virani Multi trade Private limited. They printed catalogues that said the company belonged to Star Plus. Upadhyay also presided over meetings and my client was appointed the C&F agent of the marketing of membership pins. He gave them seven and a half lakh after which they vanished.” Banga adds they had earlier filed a complaint with the Economic Offences wing, but it has only now translated into a FIR.

Upadhyay, however says that he is being victimised. “Celebrities are made soft targets. I was only the brand ambassador of a company called Seven Star Network. If the owners have run away with his money, it does not mean he will extort that money from me. I will file a defamation case against him for over a crore,” he says.

-Neha Sharma

Criminal case against filmmaker Rajkumar Santoshi for cheque-bouncing

We told you yesterday about a cheque-bouncing case being filed by PVR Pictures, against director Rajkumar Santoshi before the metropolitan magistrate in the Capital. As per the case, it was settled between them that Santoshi will pay PVR Rs 1.11 crore. But he issued a cheque of Rs 50 lakh.

“This matter is around 4-5 years old. We had contacted Santoshi for a film and paid him. But when things did not work out we decided to scrap the film. He was supposed to pay back our money, and gave us post dated cheques. But when we went to bank, the cheques were dishonoured. We’ve made several attempts to tell him to pay our money back, but he kept saying he needs time... As the last resort, we decided to file this criminal case,” says a senior executive from PVR.

Santoshi has been asked to appear in court on September 7. All our attempts to reach him yielded no results.

-Navdeep Kaur Marwah