Bollywood actor Koena Mitra has reportedly been convicted in a cheque bouncing case and sentenced to six months imprisonment by a metropolitan magistrate’s court. She was sentenced earlier in July. According to a report by Mumbai Mirror, the complaint was filed by model Poonam Sethi and Koena Mitra was asked to pay Rs 4.64 lakh to the complainant. The amount included interest of Rs 1.64 lakh.
Poonam Sethi had filed the complaint in 2013 on account of her cheque bouncing for “want of funds.” However, the allegations have been denied by Koena, who will soon challenge the court’s judgement.
Poonam Sethi filed a court complaint on 10 October 2013.
According to case details reported by Mumbai Mirror, Koena Mitra had borrowed Rs 22 lakh from Poonam Sethi. This transaction occurred over a period of time. During repayment of the loan, Poonam Sethi received a cheque of Rs 3 lakh from Koena Mitra. However, this cheque was not accepted by the bank and bounced.
Following the dishonouring of the cheque, Poonam Sethi sent a legal notice to Koena Mitra on 19 July 2013. Even after receiving the legal notice, Koena Mitra was unable to pay the required amount. Subsequently, Poonam Sethi filed a court complaint on 10 October 2013.
Koena Mitra also contended that the money had been lent illegally.
During the court hearing of the case, Koena Mitra’s defence was based on the fact that the complainant did not have enough resources to be able to lend that big an amount. Additionally, she also claimed that her cheques had been stolen. These defences were not accepted by the magistrate of the Andheri Metropolitan Court.
“The case is totally false and I have been framed in the matter,” said Koena Mitra to the publication. She also added that her lawyers, who could not be present in the court during her final hearing, are in the process of appealing to the higher court.
(With inputs from Mumbai Mirror)
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