Film director says Maitreya married him a decade ago

Film director says Maitreya married him a decade ago

The ongoing controversy involving Railway Minister D V Sadananda Gowda’s son Karthik Gowda and actor Maitreya Gowda took a new turn on Tuesday with a Kannada film director claiming that he had married Maitreya a decade ago.

Maitreya had lodged a complaint that Karthik had married her and then cheated on her by deciding to marry another woman. The RT Nagar police have booked rape and cheating cases against Karthik based on her complaint.

Rishi, who has directed a couple of Kannada movies, appeared before the VIII Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (ACMM) court on Tuesday and filed a complaint saying that Maitreya was his wife.

“We entered into wedlock on July 17, 2004 at Sanman Hotel. We stayed together at the hotel for almost four months. The relationship ended abruptly when she fled with Rs two lakh cash from me,” he stated in the complaint.

Moved to Pune

According to Rishi, he met Maitreya, while shooting for the movie ‘Surya The Great,’ and they later decided to get married. Rishi said that he found out that she had moved to Pune after deserting him. He added that he was just one among many to have been duped by her. She allegedly cheated an industrialist in 2007 by robbing him of his money, Rishi said.

Rishi said that he met her at her residence in Ganganagar asking for the money she had stolen from him. She abused and warned him of dire consequences if he tried to reveal that they were married, he said. She threatened him claiming that she knew influential people and she could do anything to him, Rishi stated.

“I also a got a threatening call from a person on Monday afternoon, who told me that he would assault me if my marriage with Maitreya was revealed. So, I approached the Vyalikaval police, but they refused to register a case. Hence, I was forced to approach court,” Rishi said. The director claimed that it was he who gave her a chance to act in films.

Charge refuted

Meanwhile, Maitreya and her family members refuted the charges. They said Maitreya’s wedding with Rishi never took place as she was just 16-years-old in 2004. They dared him to disclose evidences to establish his wedding with her.

On Tuesday, Maitreya was admitted to Chaitanya Nursing Home in R T Nagar after she complained of weakness. There were reports that she was rushed to the hospital after she felt dizzy. She was discharged late in the afternoon and is said to be recovering.

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