MUMBAI: In a major relief to Sussanne Khan, the former wife of Bollywood actor Hrithik Roshan, the Bombay high court’s Goa bench on Thursday quashed a criminal complaint of cheating against her, filed two months ago.
The high court said the FIR did not disclose any offence of cheating against her or that she had made any misrepresentations in the alleged Rs 1.9 crore cheating case. The court accepted the contention of her lawyers, Nitin Sardesai and Hitesh Jain, that no case was made out against her and the FIR be set aside at the “threshold stage”.
Last month, the court extended an interim order directing the police not to take coercive action against Sussanne in the case registered in June. The Goa bench of Justices FM Reis and Nutan Sardesai heard both sides last month. Her case is that allegations that she “cheated Emgee Enterprises” and “misrepresented” that she was “an architect” were filed “only to intimidate”.
Sussanne’s lawyers said that a civil case was being given a criminal colour by using the police machinery. Her plea for quashing said she has been “maliciously” targeted to “intimidate and pressurise her to succumb to unfounded counter claim made by the complainant in the arbitration proceedings”. Khan was booked by Panaji police in an alleged Rs 1.9 crore cheating case by real estate firm Emgee Properties.