'Kochadaiiyaan' Case: Karnataka HC Drops Three Charges Against Latha Rajinikanth

Following the failure of the 2014 movie

By Xappie Desk, August 15, 2022 19:08 IST

The Karnataka High Court partially exonerated superstar Rajinikanth's wife Latha Rajinikanth by tossing out most of the accusations levelled against her in a case involving a money dispute. Three counts were dropped: cheating, making a false statement, and employing unreliable evidence.
 
An advertising firm filed the petition regarding payments for the 2014 movie Kochadaiiyaan after the movie bombed at the box office. Three of the four charges that the Bengaluru police had brought against Latha Rajinikanth were dismissed by a single judge's bench led by Justice M. Nagaprasanna last year.
 
She was accused of violating Sections 196 (using evidence known to be false), 199 (false statement made in a declaration that is legally admissible as evidence), 420 (cheating), and 463 (forgery) of the IPC, according to a LiveLaw report (Indian Penal Code). According to the Karnataka High Court's ruling from August 2, the court is not permitted to take cognizance of offenses under Sections 196 and 199.
 
However, the top court did not discover sufficient justification to challenge the case's forgery accusations. In light of this, it stated that 'the accusation under Section 463 of the IPC so made against the petitioner and the cognizance taken by the learned magistrate only insofar as it affects Section 463 of the IPC cannot be interfered with.'

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