Plaint Against Leslee Udwin for Cheating

Anjali Bhushan filed a criminal complaint against director of controversial BBC documentary India’s Daughter, based on December 16, gangrape case.

Published: 29th October 2015 03:28 AM  |   Last Updated: 29th October 2015 03:28 AM   |  A+A-

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In this photo, British filmmaker Leslee Udwin. (File)

NEW DELHI: Documentary filmmaker Anjali Bhushan has filed a criminal complaint against Leslee Udwin, the director of controversial BBC documentary India’s Daughter, based on December 16, 2012, gangrape case, for alleged cheating, criminal breach of trust and fraud.

In the criminal complaint filed with a Delhi court, Anjali said she was to be a co-producer and co-director of the film. But Udwin allegedly promoted herself as the sole producer and director of the documentary, in full breach of her contractual agreement with Anjali.

Citing misrepresentation and dishonesty perpetuated by Udwin, not only on Anjali and other Indians, but also on Indian ministries and politicians, the complaint said, “The accused person, in a very calculated and circumspect manner, has committed the acts of cheating, criminal breach of trust, misappropriation, dishonest execution of agreement and dishonest concealment of property not only against the (undersigned) complainant, but also against the Union of India and is liable to be punished under Sections 403, 406, 418, 421, 423 and 424 of the IPC.”

The complaint was first filed at a local police station, but the police have taken no action against the accused, said the petition, which called for a full investigation into the matter in order to bring Udwin to face justice in India. The film was banned in India.

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