A day after Latha Rajinikanth was pulled up by the Supreme Court over non-payment of dues to Ad Bureau Advertising Pvt Ltd pertaining to Kochadaiiyaan’s post-production work, Soundarya Rajinikanth took to Twitter to issue a clarification.
— soundarya rajnikanth (@soundaryaarajni) July 5, 2018
The press release mentioned that a few publications had incompletely reported the proceedings of the Supreme Court on July 3. It further stated that the publications only transcribed the oral part of the hearing and had failed to mention the official court order.
The court order stated that what was recorded in April 2018 cannot be implemented as there is a denial of liability on the part of MediaOne Global Entertainment Limited. The court further concluded that instead of getting into liability issues, it would hear and decide the petition based on merits.
As reported earlier, the Supreme Court had issued a notice to Latha Rajinikanth asking her to respond to a case filed against her by an ad company, which was brought in for Kochadaiiyaan.
The case pertains to the distribution rights of the film. The legal group of the ad company alleged that Latha had promised to hand over the distribution rights of the film, in return of Rs 14.9 crores. However, after handing over the sum, the company alleged that Latha failed to keep her word and sold the rights to a third party.
The advertising firm filed the complaint on 9 June, 2015, alleging that Latha had produced fake documents in the court to allegedly commit fraud and illegally sell the rights of the film to an entertainment company.
After the film’s release, the producer paid Rs 8.7 crores but the remaining Rs 6.2 crores was pending. the Supreme Court had directed Latha to clear the dues with interest within 12 weeks. But Rajinikanth’s family had failed to follow the court order.
According to News 18, a bench headed by Justice Ranjan Gogoi on Tuesday took exception to Latha’s attempt to avoid payment and stated, “We don’t like people playing around with court orders. We think you should face the trial. If you’re innocent, you will be acquitted. Face the trial.”