Dinesh Vijan’s Maddock Films issues statement on reports of ‘missing payment’ of Rs 17 crore made to Sushant Singh Rajput
Sushant Singh Rajput died on June 14. Central agencies like the Central Bureau of Investigation(CBI), Enforcement Directorate (ED) and Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) are jointly investigating the actor’s death case. Recently it was reported that ED has interrogated producer-director Dinesh Vijan over the missing Rs. 17 crore payment to Sushant.
However, Dinesh Vijan’s Maddock Films has issued a statement squashing all such reports. Read on to know the details.
According to the India Today report, ED interrogated Vijan about the suspicious ‘missing’ payment of Rs 17 crore made to late actor Sushant. Dinesh and Sushant worked together in ‘Raabta’ that released in 2017. Now while interrogating Vijan last month, ED had asked him to submit documents related to payments made to Sushant. The report further stated that while Vijan did submit some documents however he failed to submit details of the shoot budget for the overseas shoot that was carried out in Hungary.
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Issuing clarification on the payment made to Sushant, Maddock films released a statement that reads, “Kindly note that Maddock Films has not made any payment to Sushant in Hungary. Maddock has also not received Rs 17 crores whether as actor fee, or any rebate from Hungary as wrongly claimed in your article. We have made the full and final payment to Sushant for the film Raabta as per the agreement signed by him with us, and this payment was received by him in India.” The production house also stated that all the financial transactions for the shoot in Hungary were handled by T-series.
Maddock Films also stated that Vijan is will be lending his full support to the agency in their probe after he returns to India. Vijan has tested positive for Covid and hence he could not travel back to India from Dubai. The production house in its statement further added, “India Today has always stood by the truth and we hope that sharing the correct facts with you will lead to correct reporting as a responsible publication. We are not sure if we can speak about the matter at this moment, but to avoid any controversy we want to clarify we are fully cooperating with the agency and have furnished all details required and it is our sincere request to all to avoid spreading incorrect information. You may note that Mr. Vijan was to travel back to India and had to therefore as per norms undergo a COVID-19 test prior to flying. He’s detected positive for COVID-19 which is why he could not travel back and is presently recuperating. He will be travelling back to India as soon as he recovers, he and Maddock films have been and will fully co-operate with the authorities, as required.”
Back in October this year, ED had searched the residential and office premises of Vijan in connection to this case. According to India Today report, during their search, ED officials had found some documents related to the budget and expenditure of ‘Raabta’ which were submitted to authorities at Budapest in Hungary. The budget in the document was around Rs 50 crore. And apparently, of the total amount of Rs 50 crore, Rs 17 crore were paid to Sushant.
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