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Lahore 1947 director Rajkumar Santoshi granted bail in the cheque bouncing case, his lawyer issues clarification

Filmmaker Rajkumar Santoshi, who was sentenced to two years of jail in a cheque bouncing case, has now been granted bail.

Lahore 1947 director Rajkumar Santoshi granted bail in the cheque bouncing case, his lawyer issues clarification
Rajkumar Santoshi

Last Updated: 12.00 PM, Feb 18, 2024


Since the last few days, filmmaker Rajkumar Santoshi has been one of the most searched names on the internet. There were a couple of reasons for the same. The first reason was because of the news that, he is now all set to direct the Gadar superstar Sunny Deol in his much talked about upcoming film Lahore 1947.

Rajkumar Santoshi sentenced for two years of imprisonment?

Besides that, there was also a news article which stated that the film maker has been sentenced to two years of imprisonment and also been fined by the Jamnagar court in response to a cheque bounce case. The latest update on the case is that, Rajkumar Santoshi’s advocate Binesh Patel has now issued a clarification regarding the aforementioned case.

Rajkumar Santoshi's lawyer issues media statement

The clarification, which was sent to the media, stated, "First of all, the court has stayed its judgement for 30 days granted Mr.Santoshi bail after we sought time to appeal against the judgement at a higher forum. The prosecution didn't produce any documentary evidence to prove that Mr. Santoshi had taken money at all. The prosecution itself has admitted that a third party had collected the said money from the complainant”.

The media statement also added, that, ‘In return, the third party had provided altered eleven cheques of Rs.10 lakh each, which Rajkumar Santoshi wasn’t aware of and that the Magisterial Court had overlooked these facts and ruled against them. It also added that, based on these grounds of invalid and false claims, the alterations had happened in the cheques.

It also stated that, the cheque altercations did not want to present or call-in the said third party who had collected the money, about which Rajkumar Santoshi was not even aware of, and that’s why they shall be appealing at a higher forum with the above highlighted points and even more.

As per a news report in Desh Gujarat, after getting to know that Rajkumar Santoshi was looking for a financier for one of his upcoming projects, a Jamnagar-based businessman Ashok Lal (who also happens to be the filmmaker’s friend), had reportedly lent the filmmaker Rs 1 crore. Post which, the filmmaker had promised to return it to him. 

And, for that, he had given 10 advance cheques of Rs 10 lakh each, all of which reportedly bounced due to a lack of funds in Rajkumar’s bank account. All of this reportedly led the businessman Ashok Lal moving the court after having approached the police authorities.

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