Bollywood actress Koena Mitra has been jailed for six months in a case of cheque bouncing. The Musafir actress was convicted by a metropolitan magistrate’s court cand was aked to pay Rs 4.64 lakh, of which Rs 1.64 lakh was the interest component.
According to reports, the case was lodged by one Poonam Sethi, a model. The complainant has filed a case against Koena six years ago after her cheque bounced for ‘want of funds.’ Reportedly, Koena borrowed a sum of Rs 22 lakh over a period of time. However, Koena has challenged the judgement and said that the complainant doesn’t have the financial capacity to lend Rs 22 lakh.
The court which observed said, “Furthermore, in the present matter, said cheque is not dishonoured on the count of ‘payment stopped by drawer’. It is dishonoured on the count of ‘funds insufficient’. If at all, it is presumed that complainant took the cheques from the accused’s house, which was blank and misused them, then the option of stopping the payment was very well available with the accused. But she did not do anything like this. Thus, the conduct of accused prior and subsequent to the dishonoured of said cheque constrained me to hold that this defence is afterthought and taken only to evade the liability”.
“The case is totally false and I have been framed in the matter. During the final argument, my lawyer could not be present in the court and hence my side was not heard and the order was passed without my hearing. We will be challenging the judgement in the higher court and my lawyers are in the process of appealing,” the report added.