BANGALORE: Veteran Kannada Actor Srinivasa Murthy can finally heave a sigh of relief as he as been given a clean chit by the Supreme Court. Murthy who has been a part of the Kannada film industry for over two decades was accused of forgery by film producer Murali Krishna after the release of the film ‘Bala Nowke’ in 1987.
Srinivasa Murthy who was speaking to the press on Tuesday said, “The Supreme Court has given me a clean chit and I am very grateful for the positive verdict.” He added that he is still troubled by the mental trauma that he had to face for all these years. Hearing the appeal by Murali Krishna Supreme Court had upheld the Karnataka High Court order.
Hearing an appeal by Krishna, the Supreme Court division bench comprising Justice Atamas Kabir and Justice Surinder Singh Nijjar in their submission stated,”Having heard learned counsel for the petitioner, we are not inclined to entertain the special leave petition, which is accordingly dismissed.”
Srinivasa Murthy was alleged for forging a sum of `2.45 lakh during the making of the film ‘Bala Nowke’. Film producer Krishna filed a complaint in the Judicial Magistrate First Class and it had ordered three years of imprisonment and a fine of
`1000 on Srinivasa Murthy and Zafarulla. Questioning the JMFC order, Murthy filed a petition before the High Court. Hearing the petition Justice V Jaganathan quashed the lower order. Again questioning the high court order Krishna had filed an appeal before the Supreme court.
Hearing the matter, the Apex Court upheld the High Court order.