Mumbai: A special metropolitan magistrate court, hearing matters pertaining to cheque bouncing cases, in Mumbai on Tuesday acquitted veteran Bollywood star Dilip Kumar from an 18-year-old cheque bounce case.
Additional metropolitan magistrate BS Kharade on Tuesday acquitted Yusuf Khan alias Dilip Kumar and Vimal Kumar Rathi from the case registered under section 138 r/w 141 of Negotiable Instrument Act 1881. The magistrate convicted S Seturaman and Gopalkrishna Rathi, directors of M/s Geekay Exim India Ltd, in the case.
The court acquitted Dilip Kumar and Vimal Rathi because both of them were honourary directors in the company and section 141 of Negotiable Instrument Act says that if any company is involved in cheque bouncing case then it should be proved that the accused were responsible for managing the day-to-day affairs, like issuing cheques etc.
In the present case, the complainant failed to prove that both the acquitted persons were responsible for issuing cheque valued rupees 57,61,838 which was not honoured and resulted in filing of this case.
Earlier this case was pending before the Bellardpear magistrate court, however later it was transferred to special court in Girgaon conducting cheque bouncing cases.
Though initially case was registered against 20 persons holding different posts in the company but the complainant withdrew case against 16 persons and only four persons, including Dilip Kumar was facing the trial.
According to Ms Smita Shroff, she had invested Rs 45,00,000 in Kolkata based Geekay company in June 1996 and the company had issued a cheque of rupees 57,61,838. The cheque was of State Bank of Hyderabad but was dishonoured on November 19, 1997 and hence she first sent notice to the company and later filed complaint in December 1997 and a case was registered subsequently.
This case was pending in court since then and magistrate BS Kharade on Tuesday passed judgment on it.
Expressing concern over her husband's fragile health yesterday, actress Saira Banu asked his fans to pray that the stress related to an 18-year-old case should not affect him. She wrote-
1) From Saira Banu: Breaks my heart to inform @TheDilipKumar fans. tomm, Tuesday, 18-yr-old court case in which Saab has been associated,— Dilip Kumar (@TheDilipKumar) February 22, 2016
2) will be up for judgement hearing at 14 Met. Magistrate court, Girgaum, presided by Hon. Magistrate BS Kharade...— Dilip Kumar (@TheDilipKumar) February 22, 2016
3).. At 94 yrs, Saab's health is delicate, facing neurological problems, yet Saab has never prayed for case adjournment— Dilip Kumar (@TheDilipKumar) February 22, 2016
4. Hope serious consternation n stress caused don't affect his condition further. Saab needs peace n rest. I seek your prayers n support— Dilip Kumar (@TheDilipKumar) February 22, 2016
The actor was bestowed with the prestigious Padma Vibhushan Award in 2015 for his immense contribution to Indian cinema....