‘Saki Saki’ song fame hottest Bollywood actress Koena Mitra is making headlines for all wrong reasons. The actress has been sentenced to imprisonment of six months in a cheque bouncing case. As per the latest reports, Koena was asked to pay Rs 4.64 lakh, including an interest component of Rs 1.64 lakh, to the complainant, model Poonam Sethi.
The reports stated that Koena borrowed Rs 22 lakh from the model Poonam Sethi over a period of time. While returning, Koena gave a cheque of Rs 3 lakh to Sethi, which was dishonoured by the bank. After this Poonam Sethi slapped a legal notice on Mitra. Even then she failed to return the money. Following this, Sethi then filed a complaint in the court. After a long hearing of the case in the court, Mitra was found guilty as she failed to prove that the charges imposed on her were false.
As observed by the court, “Furthermore, in the present matter, said cheque is not dishonoured on the count of ‘payment stopped by drawer’. It is dishonoured on the count of ‘funds insufficient’. If at all, it is presumed that complainant took the cheques from the accused’s house, which was blank and misused them, then the option of stopping the payment was very well available with the accused. But she did not do anything like this. Thus, the conduct of accused prior and subsequent to the dishonoured of said cheque constrained me to hold that this defence is an afterthought and taken only to evade the liability.”
Source: Mumbai Mirror
However, Koena Mitra in her statement to a leading tabloid has said something else, she said that the case is totally false and she has been dragged into it. She said, “During the final argument, my lawyer could not be present in the court and hence my side was not heard and the order was passed without my hearing. We will be challenging the judgement in the higher court and my lawyers are in the process of appealing.”