After a protracted legal battle, film producer Boney Kapoor has finally buried the hatchet with film financier Sushil Gupta and his wife Madhu. He has to pay a small price for the quiet burial, with the Bombay High Court giving him three days to deposit Rs 10,000 for costs incurred after he invoked the state’s police machinery.
The Kapoors had on November 16, 2007 filed an FIR with the Juhu police station, accusing the Guptas of forgery. In the complaint, Sridevi alleged that the Guptas had forged her signatures on blank cheques as well as her letterhead given to them by Boney Kapoor.
Meanwhile, the Guptas, who are owners of G G Photo Ltd in Iris Park, Juhu, dragged the Kapoors to court in a cheque-bouncing case.
They filed the case over three cheques, allegedly issued by Sridevi against a loan for production of films. Soon after, the Kurla metropolitan magistrate’s court had issued summons against the actress.
The dispute had led to multiple proceedings before the Bombay High Court, the Madras High Court and the Supreme Court, over amounts running into several crores.
Advocate Dinesh Tiwari, who represented Kapoor, told MiD DAY, “All the cases have now been amicably settled. We have filed consent terms with the Madras High Court.”
In February, after Kapoor applied to the Bombay High Court to have the FIR quashed, Justice AM Thipsay directed Kapoor to deposit Rs 10,000 as costs.
On Tuesday, Justice KU Chandiwal directed Kapoor to deposit the amount with the court within three days. Tiwari added, “It is routine for the courts to impose costs when police machinery has been invoked and where the dispute has been privately settled.”