Warrant issued against Bollywood actor Vivek Oberoi

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Mumbai, Jul 29: A non-bailable warrant has been issued against Bollywood actor Vivek Oberoi and his father Suresh Oberoi by a metropolitan magistrate on Thursday, Jul 28.

The non-bailable warrant was issued in a cheque bounce case worth over Rs 3 crore. Apart from the father-son duo, four others who are employed with the Oberoi Multimedia Ltd, a company run under the "directions, instructions and supervision of the father-son duo" are also involved.

"The accused were exempted twice earlier for their absence from the hearing. However, on Thursday the court was pleased to allow our application to issue NBW for their absence a third time," said HH Nagi, advocate.

The application by the complainant's legal counsel to issue a non-bailable warrant against all accused was granted by the court after their absence in the court for three hearings since Dec 2010.

The complainant, Jawaharlal Agicha said that after he befriended Suresh Oberoi's relative and company's MD, Anand Oberoi and the company's manager, Anil Lalwani, he was requested by them to assist the company financially for the company's brand promotion in India and overseas.

"Taking advantage of our acquaintance, the accused asked financial assistance from me for promoting various Indian brands and Suresh and Vivek Oberoi in launching of the products as well as in Hollywood," read his complaint.

He also blamed the company of issuing him Bill of post-dated cheques and Bill of Exchange as repayment of the Rs 3.9 crore loan. However, Agicha got only 50,000 in Jan 2010 through cheque, while a cheque from Union Bank of India of Rs 3 crore, which was meant for realisation bounced on Oct 19, 2010.

"The cheque was dishonoured by New India Co-op Bank, Versova, with the remark 'account closed'," said Solanki Chaula, advocate.

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