NEW DELHI : The Supreme Court on Tuesday pulled up actor Rajinikanth’s wife Latha Rajinikanth over her bid to backtrack from an undertaking given to the court to pay money to an advertising agency which had given `10 crore loan to her during the post-production of 2014 film Kochadaiiyaan. A bench headed by Justice Ranjan Gogoi took strong exception to Latha’s attempt to skirt her liability to pay Rs 6.2 crore to an advertising agency on the pretext that her previous lawyer had wrongly given the undertaking.
“We don’t like people playing around with court orders. We think you should face the trial. If you are innocent, you will be acquitted. Face the trial,” the bench remarked. The previous undertaking was to pay Rs 6.2 crore to advertising firm AD-Bureau Advertising Pvt Ltd. The firm has alleged that it had given the money during the post-production of the film to Mediaone Global Entertainment Ltd on a personal guarantee from Latha, one of the directors of Mediaone.
However, on Tuesday, the lawyer for her firm offered to give a cheque of only Rs10 lakh. “We don’t want you to pay. We want the lady to pay. It is her undertaking and the period of three months is long gone,” the bench said while slating the hearing for Tuesday next week to deliver its order as to whether the investigation and trial of Latha should be revived or not.