The first six months of 2014 have already seen an alarming number of Bollywood celebrities get caught in a legal wrangle. We bring you this year's instances where stars did the rounds of the courts...
They sure continue to hog headlines with their movie outings and promotion-driven appearances but it can't be disputed that this year has seen many Bollywood celebs do the rounds of courts. Matters seem to have come to a head even as stars, musicians and filmmakers got embroiled in legal tangles.
Salman Khan appearing in the sessions court where the trial of his hit-and-run case is going on. The actor has been charged with culpable homicide not amounting to murder. Pic/Atul Kamble
So while some are battling criminal cases, including hit-and-run and charges of molestation, others are going through a personal turmoil as they file for divorce and battle for their kids' custody.
hitlist brings you this year's instances where stars did the rounds of the courts...
Legal matter: She recently accused ex-beau Ness Wadia of assaulting her during a match at the Wankhede stadium
Lowdown: The bubbly actress, who is known to speak her mind, was in the news for being the only witness to not retract in court her earlier statements against the mafia during the 2003 Bharat Shah case. Recently, the actress filed a complaint against businessman and former boyfriend Ness Wadia, alleging that he had molested, harassed and threatened her.
Current status: The Preity Zinta-Ness Wadia case is currently in court.
Legal matter: He has been accused of molestation and rape by aspiring actress Geetika Tyagi.
Lowdown: Director of the Arshad Warsi-starrer Jolly LLB, Kapoor has been molestation charges levelled against him. Tyagi had also uploaded a video that showed her slapping Kapoor. In the video, she is confronting the Jolly LLB director and accusing him of forcing himself on her and dragging her at a party held over a year ago.
Current status: On Monday, the director was said to have been arrested. But he apparently paid a sum of Rs 10,000 and got bail.
Legal matter: He has been accused of culpable homicide in a hit-and-run case and is also accused of killing two blackbucks and chinkaras.
Lowdown: It is perhaps not wrong to call him controversy's child. His car rammed onto a pavement in Mumbai killing a pavement dweller in 2002 and he was recently charged with culpable homicide, to which he pleaded not guilty. In 2006, he was accused of killing the endangered chinkara.
Current status: While the hit-and-run case is currently being heard in court, he was sentenced to one year in prison for hunting a chinkara in 2006. The sentence was stayed by a higher court, after which he was handed a five-year jail term and remanded to Jodhpur jail. He was later granted bail. In 2012, the Rajasthan High Court finalised charges against him and his other colleagues in the endangered black buck killing case, paving the way for start of the trial.
Legal matter: The musician has been accused of sexually assaulting a woman he was reportedly dating.
Lowdown: The Aashiqui 2 singer was arrested on May 8 after a woman filed a case at the Versova police station accusing him of sexually assaulting her between October 2012 and December 2013 under the promise of marrying her.
Current status: The singer was arrested but is currently out on bail.
Legal matter: The actor has been accused of raping and assaulting a struggling model.
Lowdown: Actor Inder Kumar was arrested for allegedly raping a 23-year-old model under the pretext of getting her roles in films. In her statement, the model has accused Kumar of raping her thrice in a month and of threatening to kill her sister if she complained to the police. The actor was arrested spent 45 days in prison before being let out on bail.
Current status: The case is currently in court, but Kumar is out on bail.
Legal matter: The actress has filed for divorce from her husband, Sunjay Kapur.
Lowdown: Karisma Kapoor and her husband, Sunjay Kapur, decided to file for a legal separation by mutual consent. Sunjay, who moved the family court for the custody of their kids, has apparently opted to amicably sort out the custody of their children, Samaira and Kiaan Raj Kapoor.
Current status: The case is currently on.
Legal matter: The actor and his wife, Sussanne Khan, have filed for divorce.
Lowdown: The Bollywood actor and his wife recently went to the Bandra family court to file an application for divorce by mutual consent. This move came four months after they had announced their separation.
Current status: The case is currently on and the family court is expected to hear their plea in November.
Armaan Kohli and Sofia Hayat
In December last year, Armaan Kohli was arrested from the Bigg Boss house in the physical assault case after a complaint against him was filed by British singer and actress Sofia Hayat. He was then granted a bail on a surety bond of Rs 30,000.
Leander Paes and Rhea Pillai
Former model Rhea Pillai recently filed a case of domestic violence and harassment against her estranged live-in partner ace tennis player Leander Paes and his father in a local metropolitan magistrate court. She has demanded Rs 4 lakh as monthly maintenance and protection against dispossession from her matrimonial home in Bandra.