Rajinikanth has nothing to do with a loan dispute: Kasthuri Raja
Director R. Krishnamurthy aka Kasthuri Raja told the Madras High Court on Thursday that his son Rajinikanth’s stepfather and actor had nothing to do with a loan he had taken out from the late financier S. Mukunchand Bothra .
The submission was made during a hearing of a civil appeal preferred by Gagan Bothra, son of Mukunchand Bothra, requesting an instruction from Mr Rajinikanth to take action against Mr Raja for allegedly misusing the actor’s name to contract the loan or to conclude that there has been collusion between them. Judge N.
When the appeal was indexed before Judges N. Kirubakaran and PD Audikesavalu, attorney for the director, Haja Mohideen Gisthi, said his client borrowed 10 lakh from the deceased in 2012 after signing blank papers. Although the loan was repaid, the signed papers were not returned to him. The financier had filled in the blank papers, stating as if the manager had borrowed 65 lakh ₹ with the assurance that Mr. Rajinikanth would pay the amount in the event of default.
The lawyer pointed out that Mr. Gagan Bothra had agreed in the parallel criminal proceedings that it was his father’s handwriting on the promissory note.
On the other hand, Mr Bothra argued that 65 lakh ₹ was paid in two installments of 40 lakh ₹ and 25 lakh ₹ in cash, but the money was never returned. Wondering how such a huge amount could be paid in cash, the judges said the appellant must be prepared to file his tax returns for the year in question.
Later, when they asked Mr. Gisthi if there was any possibility of settling the issue between the parties as it was hard to believe that a popular film director would have obtained a small amount of 10 lakh as a loan and would not have resumed signed blank papers, the lawyer said there was no possibility of settlement since the financier had defamed the manager and his son’s stepfather in the media.
The court heard that the financier had given interviews to television stations defaming the director and the actor and that he had a habit of circulating false messages on social media.
The judges posted the case to March 4.