The Supreme Court has issued a notice to Latha Rajinikanth asking her to respond to a case filed against her in a Bengaluru court by a post-production unit involved with the CGI film Kochadaiiyaan. The unit, an ad bureau, has alleged that Latha had defrauded them. A bench led by Justice Ranjan Gogoi was hearing a petition filed by the firm, which challenged a March 2016 Karnataka High Court order quashing an FIR lodged against her by the Bengaluru Police.
In their petition, the firm’s lawyers said that Latha had promised to give them the distribution rights of the film in return for Rs 14.9 Crores. While they had handed over the promised sum, they allege that Latha failed to keep her word and instead sold the rights to a third party.
An FIR was lodged in Bengaluru after Ad Bureau Advertising filed the complaint on 9 June, 2015, alleging that Latha had produced fake documents in the court to defraud and illegally sell the rights of the film to an entertainment company. The FIR was quashed by the Karnataka Court in March this year.
Kochadaiiyaan released on May 23, 2014. It’s production faced severe delays, due to Rajinikanth’s illness and other finance related issues. It went on to receive a lukewarm response at the box-office. Directed by Soundarya Rajinikanth, the film starred Rajinikanth and Deepika Padukone.