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Shah Rukh KhanBollywood stars locked in legal battles in 2004
26th Dec 2004  20.03 IST
By ApunKaChoice Bureau  

A host of Bollywood stars including Shah Rukh Khan , Salman Khan and Priyanka Chopra were locked in legal battles during the year 2004.

On July 28, the Bombay High Court admitted a petition filed by SRK seeking a stay on the warrant issued against him by a local court in a cheating case early this year. The matter would be finally heard in due course.

A magistrate had issued a bailable warrant against SRK on a complaint filed by real estate agent Anees Ahmed alleging that the actor had not paid him brokerage for purchase of a property in return for services rendered by him.

In another case, the trial in hit-and-run case involving Salman was deferred from time to time during the year as case papers from session's court had not reached the trial court. The matter is adjourned to February 28 next year.

Salman is charged with killing one person and injuring four, on September 28, 2002, by ramming his vehicle into a shop in suburban Bandra, police alleged that he was under the influence of liquor, a charge denied by the actor.

Principal sessions judge R.R. Vachha, hearing Maharashtra government's plea, on June nine, had transferred the case from the court of magistrate S.Y. Sishode to the court of additional chief magistrate J.B. Pankhe.

The state argued that Bandra magistrate S.Y. Sishode was not competent to conduct the trial as he had earlier recorded statements of three witnesses.

Under Section 164 CRPC, such a magistrate had to transfer the case to other court for trial.

Priyanka got a reprieve when the Bombay High Court, on December 9, stayed proceedings in a lower court against her and her father A.K. Chopra in a cheating case filed by Akshay Management, an event management company.

In another cheating case registered against Priyanka, the High Court also stayed proceedings initiated by film financier Prakash Jaju who claimed Rs 30 lakhs from her as dues for promoting her as Bollywood actress.

Hrithik Roshan , his father Rakesh Roshan and maternal grandfather J Omprakash also faced a cheating case with a film distribution company filing complaint against them over sale of marketing rights of Kaho Na Pyar Hai and their home productions.

On December 16, a local court issued summons to veteran CPI (M) Leader, Harkishen Singh Surjeet in a defamation complaint filed by Anupam Kher for alleging that he was an 'RSS man' and had saffronised the censor board in his capacity as the chairman. The court asked Surjeet to appear on January 27.

Kher, who was unceremoniously removed as Central Board of Film Certification chairman on October 13, had filed a criminal complaint in the court of magistrate C B Havelikar.

Kher said he was an artist and did not belong to any party or ideology. Falsely linking him with any political organisation was a blot on his career, he said.

Sunny Deol was dragged to court by a city-based firm in a cheque bouncing case for defaulting on payments for purchases made by him in 2002.

On November 2, a magistrate stayed a warrant issued against him for not appearing in the case.

Rakhee Gulzar appeared before a magistrate on September 30 in response to summons issued against her in a case of alleged cheating and furnished a personal bond of Rs 5,000.

Former Miss World Yukta Mookhey suffered a setback when the Debts Recovery Tribunal (DRT), on November 8, dismissed an appeal filed by her against eviction from her flat initiated by Bank of India.

Sunil Shetty also faced rough weather when a magistrate issued summons to him and two others on November 26 in a cheating case filed by Jaya Tour and Travels. The actor was asked to appear on March 23, 2005.

In another case, a local court issued summons to Neelima Azim, actress and mother of film star Shahid Kapoor , asking her to appear in person and report whether she married Raza Ali Khan, grandson of legendary vocalist bade Ghulam Ali, who has been charged with bigamy by his wife, a German national.

Sema Khan had filed a police complaint on July 9 claiming that her marriage to Ali was not dissolved before he reportedly married Azim. She said the Talaqnama, posted to her by her husband, was invalid, as the marriage was not dissolved under the Special Marriage Act.

Another case that generated public interest was the suicide of model and former beauty queen Nafisa Joseph. She ended her life on July 29 and two months later, her father lodged a police complaint alleging that businessman and her fiancée Gautam Khanduja was responsible for abetting suicide.

However, the High Court, on November 11, granted him anticipatory bail. The court observed that the custodial interrogation of Khanduja was not required under the circumstances and also noted that he had disclosed everything about his past life to the deceased model.

In yet another significant case, a model turned actress Preeti Jain alleged that she was raped by filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar repeatedly for three years and that he had promised her a role in his film but backed out later.

He was granted anticipatory bail by a session's court in July. However, the High Court issued notice to him on a petition filed by Maharashtra government challenging anticipatory bail granted to him.

Bhandarkar denied the charges of rape and criminal intimidation and submitted that the victim was trying to use arm-twisting tactics to get a role in his film.

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