A warrant has been issued against actor Sanjay Dutt for “non-appearance” before the court in a matter pertaining to alleged threats to filmmaker Shakeel Noorani.
Noorani had filed a complain four years ago, alleging that he had received threatening calls from the underworld on behalf of Sanjay to drop a case. The case related to a monetary dispute in which Noorani had claimed that Sanjay had committed to play the lead role in a movie titled “Jaan Ki Baazi”, but didn’t keep his word.
Now, the bailable warrant issued against the actor is because Sanjay hasn’t appeared in court.
Advocate Neeraj Gupta, who is representing Noorani, said after Dutt’s release from prison in February last year, after serving his sentence in the 1993 Bombay serial blasts case, he was expected to appear in this matter.
“Since his release, he has not appeared before the court for the past four-five hearings. This was brought to the notice of the court which has issued a warrant against Dutt,” Gupta said. The warrant was issued by the Andheri metropolitan magistrate’s court.
A statement from Dutt’s spokesperson said, “This case has been going on for a long time and the present situation has arisen because of the communication lapse between our lawyers and us. We respect the urgency shown by the honourable court regarding our attendance/representation and would take immediate measures to rectify the situation.”
Mumbai Police spokesperson Ashok Dudhe said, “It is a bailable warrant, which will be served to the actor.”