Sun Group's Kalanithi Maran seeks quashing of FIR on cheating case

Written by Press Trust of India | Chennai | Updated: Aug 29 2014, 16:53pm hrs
Kalanithi MaranAn Andhra businessman had alleged that Kalanithi Maran cheated him to the tune of Rs 1.04 crore. (File Photo)
Media baron Kalanithi Maran has moved the Madras High Court seeking quashing of an FIR registered against him by city police on a complaint by an Andhra Pradesh-based businessman who claimed he had been cheated to the tune of more than Rs one crore.

When the Criminal Original Petition of Maran, Chairman of Sun Group, came up for hearing today, Justice K B K Vasuki directed Additional Public Prosecutor to get instructions from respondents and posted it to September 8 for further hearing.

Maran, grand nephew of DMK President M Karunanidhi, sought quashing of further proceedings on the file of Inspector of Police, Central Crime Branch, Vepery, Chennai, on the complaint by one P.V.Sivaprasad, proprietor of Video Today, to the city Commissioner of Police on July 21 last.

The complainant had alleged Maran cheated him to the tune of Rs 1.04 crore, being the commission for subscription collected for Gemini Telugu channels in Krishna district of Andhra Pradesh from April 2007 to December 2009 on behalf of Kal Communications Pvt Ltd, a multi-system operator.

In spite of several letters to pay the commission which accumulated to Rs.1,03,79,885, the company did not respond, the complainant had alleged.

Sivaprasad futher stated that when he visited the Kal Communications office here on July 14 last, he was not allowed and some staff told him the company belonged to Kalanithi Maran and they would not pay the money. They also threatened that if he went to the police, his entire family would be 'wiped out'.

In his petition, Maran submitted that Kal Communications is a separate legal entity which was in no way connected to him.

He personally never met the complainant and on the day of his visiting he was not even in the country. Without any basis, the complaint was registered against him.