In A relief to actress Preity Zinta, the Bombay High Court has directed the relatives of filmmaker Kamal Amrohi to disclose their bank accounts. Zinta had filed a suit in November claiming that she had lent Rs 2 crore to Amrohi’s son Shandar and now the family was reluctant to return her money.
A division bench of Justice S J Vajifdar and Justice B P Colabawalla Tuesday asked Amrohi’s relatives to disclose their bank account details and also Shandar’s in two weeks. In December, Justice S J Kathawalla had directed Shandar’s family to file an affidavit. The judge had also asked them to disclose whether they have been operating Shandar’s bank accounts.
Preity’s counsel Sharan Jagtiani and Stuti Jain, had then argued that upon the death of Shandar, his properties (movable and immovable) were divided among his two widows including Shahida, his brother Tajdar and his sister Rukhsar under the Mohammaden Shariat law. Therefore, the family members, being the heirs and legal representatives of Shandar, were liable to return the amount claimed by Preity.
The court was informed that Preity, after a few months of Shandar’s death, had requested the family to pay her dues. However, no heed was paid to her request.
The actress in her suit sought to recover a principal amount of Rs 2 crore with an additional interest of Rs 80 lakh, calculated at an annual rate of 18 per cent from the day after Amrohi passed away in 2011.
In another other development, the High Court refused to quash proceedings against Zinta in a cheque bounce case filed by scriptwriter Abbas Tyrewala. Tyrewala, who wrote the script for Zinta’s film Ishkq In Paris, filed a complaint saying that a remuneration cheque of Rs 18.9 lakh given by her had bounced.