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Priyanka Chopra's former secretary moves SC against her

September 15, 2007 21:43 IST

Prakash Jaju, the former private secretary of actress Priyanka Chopra [Images], has filed a petition in the Supreme Court challenging her discharge by the Madhya Pradesh High Court in a criminal intimidation case filed by him.

In the special leave petition filed through counsel Abhijit Sengupta and Anand Dey, the petitioner submitted that the high court had erroneously discharged the actress of criminal intimidation charges while acknowledging the same against her father Ashok Chopra and underworld don Chhota Shakeel.

Jaju had filed a case of criminal intimidation in January this year before a magistrate in Mhow at Madhya Pradesh against Priyanka, Ashok Chopra and Chhota Shakeel after the actress and her father allegedly used the services of the don to intimidate him in a financial dispute.

According to Jaju, Shakeel had called him up from Malaysia and threatened to kill him if he failed to withdraw the civil case filed by him against the actress two years ago. In the civil case, Jaju had alleged that Chopra owes him arrears amounting to over Rs one crore.

Following the threat, Jaju filed a case of criminal intimidation before a magistrate in Mhow. The magistrate took cognisance of the complaint and framed charges under Sections 506 and 34 of the Indian Penal Code.

However, the Chopras moved the Madhya Pradesh High Court, which approved the charges framed against Shakeel and Ashok Chopra but discharged Priyanka of the charges on the ground that no case was made against her.

Incidentally, Priyanka had filed a caveat before the apex court last week, pleading that she should be heard before any orders are passed on the SLP sought to be filed by Jaju.

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