Hyderabad, May 24
Hyderabad Police have booked filmmaker Ram Gopal Varma for allegedly cheating a production house out of Rs 56 lakh.
Following a complaint filed by Koppada Sekhar Raju of Sekhara Art Creations, a case was registered at Miyapur Police Station under Cyberabad Police Station.
The plaintiff alleged that Varma borrowed money from him to produce a film “Disha” with the promise to return it before the said film was released but he did not repay it.
The film was based on the gang rape and murder of a veterinary doctor near Hyderabad in 2019 by four people, who were later killed by police in an alleged encounter.
Raju told police he met Varma through a mutual friend, Ramana Reddy, a few years ago.
Complainant said he gave Rs 8 lakh in January 2020 and another Rs 20 lakh few days later.
RGV, as the filmmaker is popularly known, promised to repay the amount in six months. Raju said RGV approached him in February 2020 and borrowed another Rs 28 lakh citing financial issues.
The plaintiff told police that RGV had promised to refund the full amount no later than when the film was released, but in January 2021 he later learned that the filmmaker was not the film’s producer.
He alleged that the filmmaker cheated on him.
A case under Sections 406 (Criminal Breach of Trust), 417 (Punishment for Cheating), 420 (Cheating and 506 (Punishment for Criminal Intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) has been registered against RGV.