"We intend to challenge the decision"... Lingusamy breaks silence on cheque fraud case verdict

(This article is authored by Alar)

Tamil director N Lingusamy, known for his blockbuster films like Run and Sandakozhi, has finally opened up about the verdict of the cheque fraud case that has been haunting him for years. The director took to his social media page to issue a statement clarifying his position and expressing his intention to challenge the court order.

The reported 6-month prison term has prompted Lingusamy to issue a statement , which reads in Tamil, "It is my responsibility to address the media speculation surrounding my name. Our production company, Tirupati Brothers Film Media Pvt., is involved in a lawsuit with another company called PVP Capital Limited. They filed an appeal, and the Hon'ble Court ruled on it yesterday. We intend to challenge the decision made by the Hon'ble Court in court."

The case dates back to 2014, when Lingusamy and his brother Subash Chandra Bose borrowed Rs 1.03 crore from PVP Capital Limited, a financial firm, for the production of a film titled Enni Yezhu Naal. However, the film never materialized and the brothers failed to repay the loan.

When PVP Capital Limited tried to encash the cheque issued by Lingusamy, it bounced due to insufficient funds. This led to a legal battle between the two parties. In August 2022, a metropolitan magistrate court in Saidapet sentenced Lingusamy to six months’ imprisonment for cheque fraud.

The director appealed against the judgement, but his plea was dismissed by the Madras Principal Sessions Court on April 12, 2023. The court upheld the six-month jail term imposed by the lower court. Lingusamy began his career as an assistant director and worked under prominent filmmakers such as A. Venkatesh and Vikraman. He made his directorial debut with the Tamil film "Anandam" in 2001, which received critical acclaim and commercial success.