T-Series accuses Ram Gopal Verma of extortion, cheating

Noida, (IANS) Bollywood director Ram Gopal Varma has landed himself once again in a controversy as leading music company T-Series has filed a case of extortion, cheating and fraud against him.

The case was registered at the Sector 20 police station here late Tuesday.

Verma was booked under the charges of extortion, fraud, conspiracy, extortion, cheating and criminal breach of trust.

"Ram Gopal Verma had entered into a contract assigning Super Cassettes Industries Limited (T-Series) music rights for 14 of his forthcoming films in June 2006," the company said here in a statement.

"The contract was duly performed and acted upon by both the parties and since then four out of the said 14 films, namely 'Darwaja Band Rakho', 'Nishabd', 'Ram Gopal Verma Ki Aag' and 'Shiva', have been released by T-Series. The company had also made payments for the same and had also made advance payments for forthcoming films by Verma," the statement added.

T-Series spokesman Vinod Bhansuhali said Verma had tried to terminate the contract in November 2007 on grounds that were not acceptable to his firm.

"Seeing that Verma was acting unreasonable, the company in order to secure its interest and rights under the contract moved the district court of Noida Jan 23. The court issued notice against RGV Film Factory Private Limited and RGV Films Private Limited, asking them to appear and defend the suit," Bhansuhali told IANS.

"But Verma in his media interviews has been claiming that documents are forged and fabricated. He has not specified exactly which document is forged and fabricated," he added.

The T-Series reaction came two days after Verma filed a similar case of cheating and forgery, claiming that the music firm had duped him of over Rs.4.6 million.

Verma filed the case against T-Series head Bhushan Kumar with the Versova police station in Mumbai. The case was later handed over to the Economic Offences Wing (EOW) for further investigations.

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