Chennai: Media magnate Kalanidhi Maran,
who has been summoned by the city police in a cheating and
intimidation case against his Sun Pictures, was on Wednesday granted
more time to appear before it after he cited prior engagement.
The counsel for Kalanidhi, grand nephew of DMK
President M Karunanidhi, sought time, saying his client was
out of station and would return only on July 26.
Deputy Commissioner of Police Ashok Kumar told
reporters that the plea has been accepted.
Kalanidhi, Chairman and Managing Director of Sun
Network and brother of former union minister Dayanidhi Maran,
was summoned by police to appear before it today on a
complaint by a film distributor who accused Sun Pictures of
cheating Rs 83 lakh which it "owed" to him and threatening him
when he sought return of the money.
However, Kalanidhi`s counsel appeared on his behalf
and sought more time.
While Kalanidhi has been summoned for the first time
in the case, Sun Pictures Chief Operating Officer Hansraj
Saxena has already been arrested on the complaint filed by T S
Selvaraj of Kandan Films.
After his arrest on July 3, Saxena has been named in
eight more cases involving production and distribution of two
other Tamil films, including Rajnikanth-starrer "Endhiran",
which was produced by Sun Pictures and released last year.
Saxena is now in judicial custody.