Tamil director Lingusamy sentenced to jail for six months for cheque bounce case

(This article is authored by Alar)

Tamil director N Lingusamy, known for his hit films like Run and Sandakozhi, has been sentenced to jail for six months in a cheque bounce case involving a financial firm. The Madras Principal Sessions Court on Tuesday dismissed his appeal and upheld the lower court's order that he should repay the loan amount with interest.

The case dates back to 2014, when Lingusamy and his brother Subash Chandra Bose, who own the production house Thirrupathi Brothers, borrowed Rs 1.03 crore from PVP Capital Limited for making a film titled Enni Ezhu Naal with actor Karthi and Samantha.

However, the film was shelved and the loan was not repaid. When PVP Capital approached the court, Lingusamy issued a cheque of Rs 1.03 crore, which bounced due to insufficient funds in his account. PVP Capital then filed a cheque fraud case against Lingusamy in Saidapet court, which sentenced him to six months imprisonment and ordered him to pay the debt along with interest on August 22, 2022.

Lingusamy challenged this order in the Madras Principal Sessions Court, claiming that "The dispute is between PVP capitals and our production house Thirrupathi Brothers film media private limited. The honorable court ruled today on the petition they have filed. We will appeal against this order and legally face the issue", in a statement. However, the court rejected his appeal and confirmed the lower court's verdict on April 12, 2023. 

Director Lingusamy is an Indian film director, screenwriter and producer in Tamil cinema. He has directed films like Aanandham, Run, Sandakozhi, Paiyaa and Vettai. He also runs a production company called Thirupathi Brothers with his brother N. Subash Chandrabose.