Dhanush’s ‘Mappillai’ Producer files fresh case on Sun Pictures

Chennai city police have slapped another fresh case against the COO of Sun Pictures W Hansraj Saxena, based on the complaint of a film producer Nemichand Jhabak, who produced the movie ‘Mappillai‘ starring Dhanush and Hansika Motwani. This is the third case registered against the Saxena in the past one week.

According to Jhabak, he sold the film rights to Sun Pictures for Rs 17 crore in 2010. Though, he got the money from Sun Pictures, subsequently he was intimidated by Saxena and a portion of the money was extorted from him. Police said, Sun Pictures COO Saxena had approached Jhabak and struck a deal to give the rights of the movie to Sun Pictures. Jhabak demanded Rs 17 crore for giving the film rights to Sun Pictures. As per the deal, Sun Pictures gave him the money. Subsequently, he was threatened with dire consequences and Sun Pictures got back the money Rs 3.37 crore forcefully from Jhabak citing that the film didn’t go well as expected in the state.

In his four page complaint submitted before the inspector of police, Kodambakkam, he claimed that he didn’t know the ways to complaint against Sun Pictures at that time. Now, he has approached the police, as things have been changed, he claimed.

Based on Jhabak’s complaint, Kodambakkam police have registered a case against Saxena under Sections 386 (extortion by putting a person in fear of death), 420 (cheating), 406 (punishment for cheating) and 506 (ii) (criminal intimidation) of Indian Penal Code.

“We will approach the magistrate court concerned to issue necessary orders to arrest Saxena in the new case. Then, Saxena will be produced before the magistrate court and will be informed about his arrest in the fresh case. Saxena will be remanded for 15 days in the fresh case too,” a police officer said.

Saxena was first arrested by the KK Nagar police, based on the complaint of a film distributor TS Selvaraj for cheating the amount Rs 82.53 lakh for the release of the Tamil movie ‘Theeratha Vilayattu Pillai’. Subsequently, Saxena’s associate Ayyappan was also arrested in this case. KK Nagar police slapped another fresh case against Saxena, based on Shanmugavelu’s complaint. Shanmugavelu got the film distribution rights for the movie ‘Theeratha Vilayattu Pillai’ and later he withdrew to distribute the movie in Salem area. He was allegedly threatened and forced to give Rs 45 lakh to Saxena.

After AIADMK came to power on May 16, sweeping majority in most of the assembly constituencies, police registered a case against Sun Pictures for cheating. “We are also looking into any illegal money transaction and irregularities based on the records they have submitted before us. Sun Pictures CFO Unnikrishnan was appeared before the KK Nagar police and submitted all the bank transaction details for inquiry,” a police officer said.

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