Fame and controversies often go hand in hand. Businessmen Vijay Mallya and Jaidev Shroff as well as former media baron Peter Mukerjea have found this out the hard way in recent times. A detailed account of their troubles.
Jaidev Shroff: Top industrialist and head of United Phosphorus Limited, is fighting an ugly divorce battle with his wife Poonam Bhagat, Accusations have been flying thick and high, with Jaidev accusing Poonam of spiking his drink with a mysterious powdery concoction on the advice of a ‘Bengali baba’. In response, Poonam has claimed that inhuman treatment was meted out to her while they were married and that she suffered physical and mental violence and even a miscarriage.
Poonam has also said that she was ready for a quick divorce after she recently learnt about Shroff’s long drawn extra-marital affair that she alleges started in 2013. Police have arrested the ‘Bengali baba’, Gulam Moin Shattir Hakim Sufi, after he confessed to his crime in connection with the case. Further, a family court on Friday passed an order restraining Poonam from entering husband Jaidev’s Bandra home until the disposal of their divorce case. A taped conversation, allegedly between Poonam and a ‘Bengali baba’ she had roped in, went against her. Poonam has maintained that the allegation against her is a ‘quick divorce’ stunt.
Vijay Mallya: He is no longer the ‘King Of Good Times’. The beleaguered businessman is in a soup, and is facing legal proceedings for allegedly defaulting on loans of over Rs 9,000 crore from several banks, which he had taken for the now-defunct Kingfisher Airlines. Non-bailable warrants (NBWs) have been issued against him.
This file photograph taken on December 21, 2013, shows then Indian United Breweries Group chairman Vijay Mallya (C, in white) as he poses with models during the launch of the Kingfisher 2014 calendar in Mumbai. Pic/AFP
Lenders made a failed attempt to sell Kingfisher House, and the latest is that they will auction the trademarks of the airline, including the ‘Kingfisher’ logo and once-famous ‘Fly the Good Times’ tagline on April 30. He is also likely to be expelled from Parliament. We haven’t heard the last of this yet.
Peter Mukerjea: The former Star India CEO has been arrested in connection with the Sheena Bora murder case. In what has been one of the most gruesome murder cases in recent years, Peter’s arrest followed that of his wife Indrani, who was nabbed for the murder of Sheena, her daughter from a previous marriage.
Peter has been charged with murder and criminal conspiracy. He has also been accused of destroying evidence and lying to protect his wife Indrani.
As per the CBI charge sheet, Peter’s motive for committing the crime was that he was against the relationship between Sheena and his son Rahul Mukerjea.
Indrani, her former husband Sanjeev Khanna and her driver Shyamvar Rai allegedly strangled Sheena (24) inside a car in April 2012. The crime came to light last August. The police learnt of Sheena’s murder from Indrani’s driver, Shyam Manohar Rai (43), who spilled the beans when he was arrested on August 21 last year in connection with an illegal arms case.