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Jisshu summoned over contract breach

Siliguri, July 21: A court here has issued summons to Jisshu Sengupta and three other Bengali actors for allegedly reneging on a contract to take part in a T20 cricket match organised by a Siliguri club on February 20.

The judicial magistrate (second court) yesterday asked Jisshu, Kanchan Mullick, Srabanti Biswas and Hiran Chatterjee to appear before it on September 5 on a petition filed by the club, Pakurtala Yubak Brinda.

The club had originally signed contracts with eight Tollywood actors to wield the bat and ball. The match was conducted in association with the Siliguri Mahakuma Krira Parishad to raise funds for charity.

Bollywood stars Suniel Shetty, Mahima Choudhury, Aftab Shivdasani and Shakti Kapoor took on Bengali actors Soham Chakraborty, Biswanath Basu, Subhasree Ganguly and Payel Sarkar at the Kanchenjungha Stadium.

The club alleged that eight Bengali actors had been paid Rs 6.85 lakh in total to play in the match, but four of them failed to keep the promise.

“The club had approached eight stars in Calcutta and entered into a deal with them through an intermediary, Satyajit Chakraborty. But Jisshu, Kanchan Mallick, Srabonti Biswas and Hiran Chatterjee did not turn up on the scheduled day. The club had paid Rs. 6.85 lakh in total to the eight stars through Chakraborty and received receipts, consent letters and even promotional video clippings from their end,” said Sunil Sarkar, the lawyer representing the club’s secretary, Bishnu Palchoudhury.

Soham Chakraborty, Biswanath Basu, Subhasree Ganguly and Payel Sarkar are the four Tollywood actors who made it to the match.

The limited-over cricket match was organised to raise money to treat four cancer patients and two persons with renal problems.

Palchoudhury filed a suit in the additional chief judicial magistrate’s court here yesterday, accusing the actor quartet of breach of trust and cheating. The petition also mentioned that the four had not returned the money taken to play in the match. The ACJM, Bibhuti Khesang, heard the case and transferred it to the judicial magistrate (second court).

“Two witnesses, Palchoudhury and a club member, deposed before the judicial magistrate (second court), Santosh Kumar Pathak. The court issued summons to the four stars, asking them to appear before it on September 5,” said Sarkar.

According to the lawyer, charges under Sections 406 (punishment for criminal breach of trust) and 420 (cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property) of the IPC have been slapped on the actors.

After the match was over, Chakraborty had told the organisers that of Rs Rs 6.85 lakh, Rs 3 lakh would be paid to the four who had played. When the club authorities approached Chakraborty for the rest of the amount, he said Rs 3 lakh would be returned. Subsequently, he issued three cheques — each for Rs 1 lakh — to the club authorities.

“But the cheques having three different dates from March to May this year, bounced. We will serve a notice on Chakraborty according to certain clauses in the Negotiable Instruments Act and might then file a separate case against him,” said the advocate.

Jisshu told The Telegraph in Calcutta that he had no idea of agreeing to take part in any T20 match in Siliguri. “I have no idea who these people are. Who are claiming such things about me? Nobody has approached me for a cricket match in Siliguri. This is news to me.”

Asked about the allegation, Kanchan said: “Yes, I got a call from a person about a cricket match but I categorically said no. Neither have I taken money nor have I signed a contract.”

Srabanti and Hiran could not be contacted.

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