Actor Sanjay Dutt appeared before the Andheri metropolitan magistrate court Monday after a non-bailable warrant was issued against him in a criminal intimidation case filed by producer Shakeel Noorani. The actor was granted bail on a surety of Rs 10,000. Dutt will have to appear before court again on May 3.
The warrant was issued after Dutt failed to appear before the court, Nooranis lawyer Neeraj Gupta said.
Noorani had alleged that Dutt,who was shooting for his film Jaan Ki Baazi,had withdrawn mid-way and did not return the signing amount of Rs 50 lakh. He had then moved the Indian Motion Pictures Producers Association (IMPAA). The association directed Dutt to pay the producer over Rs 2 crore to compensate for the losses. When Dutt failed to pay up,Noorani moved Bombay High Court.
In 2010,the High Court ordered attachment of Dutts two properties. Noorani alleged that soon after the HC order,he started getting threat calls asking him to withdraw the case. Noorani said these calls were traced to Dubai and Karachi. Noorani first approached local police and when the complaint was not registered,he filed a private complaint seeking judicial intervention under Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC).
On Monday morning,Dutt sought exemption from appearing before the court through his lawyer,which was not granted. After the court rejected his plea,a non-bailable warrant was issued. Dutt came to the court and got the warrant cancelled, said his lawyer Rizwan Merchant.