High Court on Wednesday granted anticipatory bail to filmmaker Sanjay
Gupta, who is accused of cheating and forgery for promotion of his flick
"Shootout at Wadala", observing that the police showed "over enthusiasm"
in registering the case.
"It is an innovative invitation. Have
you (police) lost your sense of humor? The accused have not issued the
invitation with an intention to cause loss or cheat someone," Justice A V
Sanjay Gupta, Balaji Motion Pictures (Producer)
and Glamsham.com (Bollywood movie portal) were booked under various
sections of the IPC for forging letterhead of the city Police Commissioner
in the media invites sent out by them for a press conference last week.
Gupta had approached the high court after the sessions court
rejected his anticipatory bail on March 5.
Questioning if the
sessions court judge who rejected the anticipatory bail too had lost his
"sense of humor", Justice Nirgude granted Gupta bail on surety of Rs
The court, however, directed Gupta to send an apology to
the commissioner of police and withdraw the invitation from websites.
"As it is not in good taste you (Gupta) should apologise. You
should not have used the Mumbai police seal and the Ashoka emblem in the
invitation," the court said.
Observing that the police showed
"over enthusiasm" in registering the case against the filmmaker, Justice
Nirgude said, "Prima facie no offence is made out. No one is cheated. At
the most this can be construed as misleading. Like how people fool each
other on April Fools day".
Gupta's counsel Ashok Mundargi told
the court that the invitation was sent only to media for film promotion.