Rs 250 cr scam: Actress Genelia likely to be arrested soon

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Mumbai/Hyderabad, Mar 20: Bollywood heroine and famous South Indian actress Genelia might be arrested soon. Criminal cases have been registered against the heroine who has allegedly been involved in a Rs 250 crore scam case.

The actress and wife of well-know actor Ritesh Deshmukh, son of former Maharashtra Chief Minister Vilas Rao Deshmukh, has been booked on Monday, Mar 20.

Hyderabad police registered the case against Genelia and others under various IPC Sections including Section 120(b) (criminal conspiracy), 420 (cheating), 406 (punishment for criminal breach of trust) and 506 (criminal intimidation).

The complaint was filed by one of the victims, Ch. Tirupataiah who alleged that Genelia, who is the brand ambassador and one of the directors of M/s Anjaniputra Infrastructure Private Limited had connived with other parties to cheat him. He accused the actress of making false promises through ads and brochures and was directly involved in cheating him off his hard earned money as well as that of others.

Tirupataiah has alleged that as many as 500 plots were sold by the firm illegally.

The case heard at the First Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (ACMM) saw the court instructing the police to inquire into the matter and submit a report on the same on or before Mar 27.

Y Balaji, counsel for Tirupataiah stated that another accused Sudarshan Kumar Reddy, introducing himself as one of the directors of the firm had urged Tirupataiah to buy plots in a venture at Kalvakol village of Maheswaram mandal. The deal being that duplex houses wil be constructed in those plots within a set time by the firm.

Balaji added that his client, Tirupataiah was pursued fervently by Sudarshan Kumar to buy the said plot, who finally yielded and bought two plots in Dec 2008 in the name of his son and daughter-in-law Jyothi who lived in the US. A sum of Rs 54 lakh was paid towards the same.

In the promise that an independent house and a duplex house will be constructed in the plot, the counsel stated that after a couple of months when Tirupataiah tried to contact Sudarshan, he got no response from anybody. He also landed at the firms office only to find it closed.

Further inquiries revealed that the plot of land which Tirupataiah paid money for actually belonged to someone else and not Anjaniputra Infrastructure Pvt Ltd. After realizing he was swindled, Tirupataiah went to the State Consumer Forum who passed a vedict in his favour.

The counsel commented that the accused did not comply with the Forum's orders and on the other hand threatened to kill him. This led to Tirupataiah filing a private complaint in court.

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