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High Court Provides Relief To Sanjay Dutt In Property Dispute Case

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In what may seem like partial relief to jailed star Sanjay Dutt, the Bombay High Court (HC) has revoked the attachment of a Bandra flat of the actor.

The flat had previously been attached, on the ruling of the Indian Motion Pictures Association (IMPPA), in connection with Dutt’s legal dispute with filmmaker Shakeel Noorani.

Case History:

In 2008, filmmaker Noorani had alleged Dutt caused loss to his incomplete film, Jaan Ki Baazi, for which he had paid the actor Rs 50 lakh. The IMPPA ruled on 28 January, 2010 that Dutt should allot a period of 30 days to complete the film, or else refund the amount paid to him.

In addition, the body moved that Dutt should pay Noorani a compensation of Rs 1.53 crore. The ruling also added that if he did not pay up, this particular Bandra property would be attached.

When Sanjay Dutt failed to comply with the order, Shakeel Noorani moved the High Court, and in December 2010, Dutt‘s properties were attached due to non-payment of dues.

However, on 7 April, 2014, the HC heard Sanjay Dutt‘s plea against attaching his properties. Justice B P Colabawalla ruled that the “decision of IMPPA was not an “award” under the Arbitration and Conciliation Act and thus it can not be enforced.”

The court went so far as to term Noorani‘s execution application as “an abuse of the process of the court”, revoked the attachment of flats, and ordered the producer to pay cost of Rs 1.50 lakh to Dutt.

The HC ruled that the IMPPA was only a private body, and that the “entire proceedings for the enforcement” of its award were meaningless.

This will surely be music to Sanjay Dutt‘s ears, who is currently serving jail term on his 42 month sentence, for his alleged involvement in the 1993 Mumbai blasts case.

Sanjay Dutt gets a breather in Shakeel Noorani’s case

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The Bombay HC has revoked the attachment of his flat in suburban Bandra. The flat had been attached following the decision of Indian Motion Picture Producers Association (IMPPA) in his dispute with film-maker Shakeel Noorani.

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Noorani had moved IMPPA in 2008 alleging his film ‘Jaan Ki Baazi’, for which he had paid Dutt Rs 50 lakh in 2001, could not be completed because the actor did not give dates. On January 28, 2010, IMPPA asked Dutt to either commit 30 days for the shooting or refund Rs 50 lakh and pay an additional Rs 1.53 crore by way of compensation to Noorani.

But Dutt failed to follow the order, so Noorani moved the HC, seeking execution of the IMPPA order which provided for attachment of the actor’s flat if he did not pay. In December 2010, Dutt’s flats were attached. Hearing Dutt’s plea against the attachment, Justice B P Colabawalla had on April 7 this year ruled that the decision of IMPPA was not an “award” under the Arbitration and Conciliation Act and thus it can not be enforced.

The court termed Noornai’s execution application as “an abuse of the process of the court”, revoked the attachment, and ordered the producer to pay cost of Rs 1.50 lakh to Dutt. Since IMPPA was only a private body, the “entire proceedings for the enforcement” of its award were meaningless, the High Court said.

Dutt is currently serving a 42-month sentence in Pune’s Yerwada prison for illegal possession of firearms in the 1993 Mumbai serial bomb blasts case.

Relief for Sanjay Dutt as HC revokes attachment of actor’s flat

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In a breather for actor Sanjay Dutt, the Bombay High Court has revoked the attachment of his flat in suburban Bandra.

The flat had been attached following the decision of Indian Motion Picture Producers Association (IMPPA) in his dispute with film-maker Shakeel Noorani.

Noorani had moved IMPPA in 2008 alleging his film ‘Jaan Ki Baazi’, for which he had paid Dutt Rs 50 lakh in 2001, could not be completed because the actor did not give dates.

Sanjay Dutt

On January 28, 2010, IMPPA asked Dutt to either commit 30 days for the shooting or refund Rs 50 lakh and pay an additional Rs 1.53 crore by way of compensation to Noorani. But Dutt failed to follow the order, so Noorani moved the High Court, seeking execution of the IMPPA order which provided for attachment of the actor’s flat if he did not pay.

In December 2010, Dutt’s flats were attached. Hearing Dutt’s plea against the attachment, Justice B P Colabawalla had on April 7 this year ruled that the decision of IMPPA was not an “award” under the Arbitration and Conciliation Act and thus it can not be enforced.

The court termed Noornai’s execution application as “an abuse of the process of the court”, revoked the attachment, and ordered the producer to pay cost of Rs 1.50 lakh to Dutt.

Since IMPPA was only a private body, the “entire proceedings for the enforcement” of its award were meaningless, the High Court said.

Dutt is currently serving a 42-month sentence in Pune’s Yerwada prison for illegal possession of firearms in the 1993 Mumbai serial bomb blasts case.

The court noted that “it is the claimant’s (Noorani’s) own case that the respondent (Dutt) has been nominated on behalf of his company, namely M/s Sanjay Dutt Productions Pvt Ltd, as a member of IMPPA.

In the present case, admittedly, the claim made against the respondent was not against his company but against him in his personal capacity as an actor.

“Even otherwise, it would make no difference to the case… the proceedings before IMPPA could never be construed as arbitral proceedings. “Even the rules and bye-laws of IMPPA do not spell out any arbitration agreement that would bind the respondent (Dutt),” the court said.

Dutt, in his personal capacity not being a member of IMPPA, would not be bound by its decisions, the HC held.

IMPPA, at the highest, can be said to be a private tribunal whose decision is intended to affect private rights of two parties but not in a manner which creates a legally enforceable remedy, the court said.

Salman Khan’s office sends a warning to filmmaker

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Salman Khan’s office has threatened to send a legal notice to the director of the film, ‘Munna Bhai, Sallu Bhai’.

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Muazzam Beg wanted to make a docu-drama based on the fan following enjoyed by actors Sanjay Dutt and Salman Khan, but he has now shelved the project. The filmmaker apparently received an email from the actor’s office warning him to not misuse the star’s name.

A source close to the actor says, “We first emailed him asking him to refrain from using Salman’s name to promote his film. But he continued despite our mail, so we then wrote him that we would take legal action.”

Beg confirms that he has now decided to not go ahead with the project. He says, “I have shot 30 per cent of my film and had invested around R50 lakh in the project. My film was going to tell a die-hard Sallu fan’s story and it would have been great if I could make the film. But I won’t be doing so now.”

He also concedes that it’s his fault that he did not take the actor’s permission. “I announced my film just after the Supreme Court sentenced Sanjay Dutt. There was no objection from his side, but Salman doesn’t approve of my film.

I should have sought their permission before shooting the film. I would not have lost so much money then,” he says.
It may be pointed out that Beg, who has written the script for the film, Swami, and directed Sadda Adda in the past, even launched the first look of his now-shelved film on Salman’s birthday last year.

Ranbir To Play Sanjay Dutt In Raju Hirani’s Next?

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Buzz is that actor Ranbir Kapoor is all set to pump up his personality the Sanjay Dutt way as he, apparently, will be playing the actor’s character in a biopic based on Dutt.

To be directed by Sanjay’s close friend Raju Hirani, the film will cover all the ups and downs of Sanju Baba’s life including his drug stories and jail terms. Ranbir will be donning long hair for this film.

Check out more on details about this Sanjay Dutt biopic here:

Ranbir Kapoor and Sanjay Dutt

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