Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s brother-in-law, Sanjay Singh Masani, has served a defamation notice on Vyapam scam whistleblower Anand Rai for alleging that he has invested black money in producing films and ensured tax free status for some movies using his clout.
Indore-based Rai, who has 32,000 followers on Twitter, had on November 27 tweeted that Masani as a producer had invested money in Prakash Jha and Anil Sharma’s films. He had insinuated that the films were being shot in MP as Masani had invested in them and that getting tax-free status for them was part of the deal.
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Rai alleged that Jha, who makes films on social and political issues, did not make a film on the Vyapam scam because of favours he had allegedly received.
In July 2015, Masani had refused to commit himself in response to a question on whether he would like to make a film on the scam. He said that he would study the admission and recruitment scam involving politicians, officials and businessmen before taking a decision.
Rai has now accused Masani of investing Rs 500 crore in films and alleged that he owned the sixth floor of an expensive building project and a Rs 50-crore bungalow in Mumbai.
Masani denied the allegations and accused Rai of using an offensive word in one of his tweets. Masani said he would initiate civil and criminal defamation against Rai in Mumbai High Court if he did not apologise or retract the allegations.
Rai said that he was yet to receive the notice.