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Bombay HC slaps fine on Anil Kapoor for wasting its time

Terming the leave petition filed by Anil Kapoor’s film company against Make May Day Entertainment as a ‘luxurious litigation’, the Bombay high court has rejected the interim relief sought by Mr Kapoor and asked him to pay a heavy fine to the court.

Mr Kapoor’s company had filed a suit seeking restraining orders against May Day Entertainment that plans to release the Jimmy Shergill-starrer Veerey ki Wedding in Punjabi at the end of this month. Mr Kapoor claimed that his company was also making a film titled Veerey di Wedding in Hindi with daughter Sonam and actor Kareeena Kapoor Khan soon.

Mr Kapoor’s film company had filed a suit and leave petition seeking that the case be heard in the HC as the Shergill-starrer was being made in Punjab. The petition also said that the film starring Shergill should not be allowed to release. Mr Kapoor claimed that the title of the two movies sounded same. Mr Kapoor’s advocates argued that Shergill’s movie was in Punjab and Mr Kapoor’s film was in Hindi for the entire country, hence the release of the former should be stayed.

When asked why the petition was filed at such a late stage when they knew about the Punjabi film since February, Mr Kapoor’s advocates informed the HC that they were in correspondence with Make May Day to ensure that they do not release the film.

However, the single bench of Justice G.S. Patel refused to accept the contentions. Taking strong views on Mr Kapoor’s plea, Justice Patel said, “This is a luxurious litigation and you have wasted the court’s time. For this reason we impose a heavy cost on the petitioner for wasting the time of the judiciary.”

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