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Troubled times ahead for Lajja stars
09th Nov 2001   18.27 IST
By ApunKaChoice Bureau  

A court in Kanpur has directed Mumbai police to enforce its orders to attach the properties of the leading stars of Hindi film Lajja and its director Raj Kumar Santoshi in a case of criminal contempt of court.

The court had set a deadline of November 26 to file a report on the matter.

The properties of Bollywood stars Anil Kapoor, Jackie Shroff, Ajay Devgan, Rekha, Madhuri Dixit, Manisha Koirala and Mahima were ordered to be attached by Sessions Judge J.P. Agrawal on Thursday when they failed to appear before the court despite issuance of non-bailable warrants against them.

A complaint by one Ram Swarup Verma, resident of Bhavanipur village near Kanpur had lodged a complaint against the stars.

The next hearing in the case will be held on December 18.

While issuing non-bailable warrants, the court had warned the accused that their failure to appear in the court on November 8 would result in attachment of their properties.

The counsels for the accused had moved an application for withdrawal of non-bailable warrants against the film stars and the director saying a Mumbai High Court Bench, while disposing off their pleas, had stayed the execution of non-bailable warrants for eight days.

They argued that the court had no jurisdiction to issue non-bailable warrants, as there was no provision under the Contempt of Court Act.

The counsels said the court had taken cognizance of the complaint by Verma under sections of the Contempt of Court Act though he was a private person and had not sought the consent of Attorney General of the state, which is mandatory.

Besides, there was no prima facie evidence against the accused that they had committed any offence under the Contempt of Court Act.

For instance, the complainant had not made any mention of the disputed scene in the film. Neither had he reported incidents, which could prove that the movie was in any way related to him, who is facing trial in an alleged rape case, the counsels stated.

However, taking a serious view, the court ordered the Defence Counsels to comply with its orders.


Manisha Koirala

Madhuri Dixit