The Supreme Court has stayed criminal proceedings against Bollywood actress Ameesha Patel for cheating and criminal breach of trust. A court in Jharkhand had issued summons to Patel. A bench of Justice BR Gavai and Justice PS Narsingh issued notice to the Jharkhand government on the petition filed by the actress. The top court, however, said that for the offense punishable under section 138 (cheque bounce) of the Negotiable Instruments Act, action should be taken in accordance with the law.
Proceedings will be stayed till further orders
The bench said, "Issue notice only in respect of offenses punishable under sections 406 (criminal breach of trust) and 420 (cheating) of the Indian Penal Code, 1860. Proceedings under sections 406 and 420 of the Indian Penal Code will be stayed till further orders.” The apex court has given this order on a petition filed by Patel against the Jharkhand High Court order dated May 5, 2022.
2.5 crores were transferred in the bank
The High Court had dismissed a petition seeking quashing of the order passed by a lower court in Ranchi with regard to the complaint against the actress. The complaint against the actress was filed by producer Ajay Kumar Singh. According to the complaint, Singh had transferred Rs 2.5 crore to the actress's bank account to make a film titled 'Desi Magic', but Patel neither acted in the film nor returned the money. The High Court said that prima facie it appears that all the accused are eligible for refund of the said money.
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In the year 2017, the program was organized in Harmu Housing Colony under Digital India. During that time, guest Harmu resident Ajay Singh was also sitting on the stage along with the chief guest Ameesha Patel. He had a conversation with Ameesha Patel and got an offer to invest money in the film. Ajay Singh had transferred Rs 2.5 crore to Ameesha Patel's account. According to the agreement, when the film Desi Magic did not release in June 2018, Ajay Singh demanded his money from Ameesha Patel. After evasion, in October 2018, two checks of Rs 2.5 crore and Rs 50 lakh were given to Ajay Singh, which bounced during clearing. After this Ajay Singh had filed a complaint in November 2018.