Arrest warrant issued against Sanjay Dutt for allegedly threatening Shakeel Noorani

(FILES) This photo taken on June 24, 2010 shows Indian actor Sanjay Dutt at a promotional event for his forthcoming Bollywood Hindi film "Lamhaa" in Mumbai. On December 29, 2010 Indian media reported that Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt risks losing his home in the western Indian city of Mumbai because of a dispute with a director over a half-finished film. The Bombay High Court ordered that two properties belonging to the popular 51-year-old actor, who made his name as a tough guy action hero, be made part of a proposed financial settlement with the filmmaker Shakeel Noorani. AFP PHOTO/STR

Months after coming out of jail and getting back to his ‘filmy’ life, with his upcoming movie being underway, actor Sanjay Dutt must have thought his legal woes are over but looks like it’s not happening anytime soon. The Bollywood actor found himself amid another legal trouble with an arrest warrant issued against him. This is in regard to filmmaker Shakeel Noorani case, which is quite an old one.

It all began in 2002 when Noorani apparently signed Dutt for his film titled Jaan Ki Baazi, for Rs 50 lakhs. Sanjay began shooting for the movie, but quit midway, which cost Noorani a loss of Rs 5 crores. Reportedly, Noorani has claimed that when he contacted Dutt over this a few times, the actor sent him death threats, also using his underworld connections.

“This warrant is because of his non-appearance in the court. We had first raised the matter in 2013. But after that, he (Dutt) went to jail for 1.5 years. So, now when he came back we got back with the case and for that, he needed to appear in the court, which he failed to do repeatedly. So, this warrant had to be issued. He needs to appear in the court and appeal to the court that the warrant is rejected. If he still fails to appear in the court, we will send the warrant to Khar police station and then he will have to face an arrest,” Noorani’s advocate Neeraj Gupta told.

On the other hand, the actor’s spokesperson said, “This case has been going on for a long time and the present situation has arisen because of the communication lapse between our lawyers and us. We respect the urgency shown by the honorable court regarding our attendance representation and we would take immediate measure to rectify the situation.”

Dutt will have to appear in the Metropolitan Magistrate court, Andheri, on Monday


source: IndianExpress