Bigg Boss 13 'Malkin' and Bollywood actress Ameesha Patel has been issued an arrest warrant by a Ranchi court in a cheating and cheque bounce case, police said on Saturday. The police even arrived at the actress’ residence on Saturday evening after a producer, Ajay Kumar Singh, filed a complaint against her for failing to repay a loan of close to Rs 3 crore she took from him to make the movie Desi Magic.
"Ameesha Patel and her business partner Kunal had taken Rs 2.50 crore for making a film. They had assured to return the money after the release of the film in 2018. The film never released in 2018. When we approached Ameesha Patel for the money, she gave a cheque of Rs 3 crore, which bounced," said Ajay Singh in a press statement on Saturday.
As per Ajay’s lawyer, Ameesha was sued under Indian Penal Code sections 406 (criminal breach of trust), 420 (cheating), 120 (B) (criminal conspiracy) and 138 of the NI Act as she ignored the calls to payback the promised loan. Reportedly, Ameesha had met Ajay at an event where she promised to give his company, 10 percent interest and 10 percent share of the profits of Desi Magic. Totaling a sum of approximately Rs 2.50-3 crore in the next few months, Ajay made the requested payments. However, when they asked the actor to return it, she ignored their requests. Finally, she made a payment to them via a post-dated cheque but when Ajay went to the bank to deposit it, the cheque bounced. The lawyer revealed that it was then that Ajay decided to file the case.
"Ameesha and her friend Kunal started ignoring my calls. The legal notice furnished by me was also not answered by the actress. I filed a complaint in the Ranchi district court last year. Now, the Ranchi court has issued a warrant against her," the statement said.
Ameesha is also facing a cheating case, which accuses her of not attending an event in Ranchi after taking money. A complaint was lodged by the event company with the police in February this year.