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Allahabad HC stays Sonakshi Sinha’s arrest in cheating case
The Allahabad High Court on Friday has given interim relief to Bollywood actress Sonakshi Sinha in connection with a criminal case lodged against her for allegedly cheating an event organiser in Moradabad. According to reports, Sinha was invited for a prize distribution function last year but she did not attend the function despite being paid Rs. 24 lakh by the event organiser, Pramod Sharma. Apart from Sonakshi Sinha, there were four other people booked for the same.
According to the complaint, a resident of Shivpuri in Moradabad said that he had paid almost Rs 37 lakh which included transferring a huge amount to the ‘Dabangg’ actress. On Friday, a division bench comprising of Justice Naheed Ara Moonis and Justice Virendra Kumar Srivastava directed that Sinha will not be arrested till the submission of the report by police after completion of an investigation into the matter.
While staying her arrest, the court has asked Sinha to co-operate with the police in the investigation and appear when called upon to assist in the investigation. “It is clarified that the petitioner shall not be subjected to any embarrassment or harassment in the intervening period,” the HC said.
The court has refused to quash FIR against her saying, “From a perusal of the FIR, prima facie cognisable offences is made out at this stage against the petitioner. Therefore, we do not find any cogent reason to quash the FIR.”
During the course of the hearing, the counsel for the petitioner submitted that the FIR has been lodged by the complainant containing absolutely false allegations against the petitioner with the ulterior intention of exerting pressure upon her.
The actress’ management agency had earlier denied the allegations against her and said that despite repeated reminders, the organiser failed to make payments to the actress before the event as contracted.