The Allahabad High Court on Friday suspended the arrest of Sonakshi Sinha, in connection with a criminal case lodged against her back in November 2018.
The case was originally raised against Sinha by event organiser – Pramod Sharma. He alleges that he paid Rs 24 lakh to a company to invite Sinha for a prize distribution function in Delhi and that the ‘Action Jackson’ (2014) star had confirmed her attendance, but apparently didn’t turn up. According to the police, Sharma had paid a total of Rs 34 lakh, with a large chunk of this sum being paid into Sinha’s account.
According to DNA India, the bench which comprised of Justice Naheed Ara Moonis and Justice Virendra Kumar Srivastava, disposed of the writ petition filed by Sinha, and said she will not be arrested until a thorough investigation and report has been submitted by the police.
The High Court has however asked Sinha for her cooperation and assistance whilst the investigations are ongoing. “It is clarified that the petitioner shall not be subjected to any embarrassment or harassment in the intervening period,” said the High Court.
The court dismissed Sinha’s plea to quash the FIR placed against her, saying “From perusal of the FIR, prima facie cognisable offences is made out at this stage against the petitioner. Therefore, we do not find any cogent reason to quash the FIR.” During the course of the hearing, the counsel felt that the FIR filed against Sinha by Sharma, contained false allegations, with an ulterior intention to exert pressure on her.
As for Sinha’s management team, they have maintained that the accusations are wrong and despite the repeated reminders, Sharma failed to make payments on time to Sinha before the event.