Kannada actor-director held for cheating

Actor-director B P Srinivas, who was in the news for pairing up with his own daughter in his film Mussanje Gelathi, was arrested for cheating by the Rajasthan police from his house in Muniyuru in Turuvekere taluk, Tumkur, in the wee hours of Thursday.

Police said that S K Goutham, a resident of Rajasthan, had lodged a complaint against Srinivas for cheating him of Rs 20 lakh. Srinivas was taken to Rajasthan after her was produced in the Senior Grade Civil Court at Turuvekere.

The Rajasthan police had earlier visited Srinivas’ house at Nagarabhavi in Bangalore but were unable to trace him. They later came to Muniyuru on Wednesday evening and with help of police sub-inspector Azharuddin arrested Srinivas.

In 2006, Srinivas was the managing director of two companies—Scene World Group of Companies and Hongkong Ltd at HSR Layout in Bangalore. The companies claimed to extend huge financial loans and also collected deposits from the public.

Many people had invested in the company with the hope of availing of a loan. However, the companies were closed in 2009 due to financial distress. Most of the investors were left in the lurch as they could neither avail of a loan nor withdraw their deposits. Srinivas allegedly used the money for producing films.

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