Aishwarya to appear before magistrate

Aishwarya RaiIn response to a summon issued by a local court, leading Bollywood actress Aishwarya Rai and her family members would appear on February 27 before a magistrate in a cheating case filed by a real estate agent against them.

Magistrate S Y Shishode had issued the summons on January 10 last month and it has been...
...already served on the respondents by Bandra police station, Aishwarya's lawyer Ramesh Singh said.

The magistrate directed the actress and her family to remain present in the court on February 27.

The agent Krishna Kumar Shetty filed a private complaint in Bandra court alleging that during 1998 he had rendered services to help Aishwarya's family in buying a 3,000 square feet flat in Bandra. However, they did not pay him brokerage as agreed by them.

According to Shetty, the flat in 'La Maid' building in suburban Bandra was jointly purchased by Aishwarya, her father Krishnaraj, mother Brindaraj and brother Aditya for Rs 1.75 crore and they had agreed to pay him brokerage of two per cent of the value of the flat, which worked out to Rs 3.75 lakh.

Shetty said in the complaint that he had served a legal notice on them asking them to pay the brokerage charges. But they did not respond and he filed a complaint in the court charging the actress and her family with cheating and criminal breach of trust in respect of their agreement. (PTI)