Ghaziabad: A non-bailable warrant ( NBW ) has been issued against Bollywood choreographer and film director Remo D’Souza by a local court in a 2016 cheating and extortion case.
The complainant, Satendra Tyagi, a resident of Raj Nagar, had alleged that D’Souza made him invest Rs 5 crore in 2014 during the production of the film DOA: Death of Amar starring Rajeev Khandelwal and Zareen Khan, promising to return double the amount after its release. But later he failed to do so, he added.
The case is being heard in the court of the additional chief judicial magistrate (VIII) in Ghaziabad. As D’Souza did not appear, an NBW was issued against him on September 23. SP (city) Manish Kumar Mishra said a police team would soon go to Mumbai to bring him to the city and permission for this has been sought from ADG (Meerut). Police sources also said a team had gone earlier too but D’Souza was not at home.
Tyagi said he owns a production house and came in contact with D’Souza in Mumbai. “We developed a friendship. In 2013, he told me about his film. He asked me to invest Rs 5 crore and said I would get Rs 10 crore in a year. It has been over six years and I haven’t got anything.”
Tyagi also alleged that in December 2016, he started getting calls from the mafia threatening to kill him, following which he sought money from D’Souza. “I got calls from Prasad Pujari, who told me never to enter Mumbai again or else he would kill me. He demanded Rs 1 crore,” he claimed.
An FIR under IPC sections 420 (cheating), 406 (criminal breach of trust) and 386 (extortion by putting a person in fear of death or grievous hurt) was registered against D’Souza and Pujari at Sihani Gate police station on December 16, 2016.
He alleged that D’Souza and his associates started pressuring him to take back the case. “On December 20, six-seven people sent by Pujari indiscriminately fired at me. Several bullets hit my car and damaged it. Despite several visits to police stations and senior police officials, my complaint was not registered. So I approached a local court,” Tyagi said.
A second FIR was then lodged against D’Souza, Pujari and others under IPC sections, including rioting and attempt to murder, on July 27, 2018.