Mumbai: Actress Koena Mitra asked to pay friend Rs 22 lakh with 9 per cent interest

Koena Mitra is back in the news, but this time not with any rough comments, but for a legal suit filed by her former close friend. A civil court earlier this month has ordered Koena Mitra to pay Rs 22 lakh with 9 per cent interest to her friend Poonam Sethi.

According to a report in Mumbai Mirror, Koena Mitra took Rs 22 lakh from Poonam Sethi between 2012 and 2013, after which Koena also gave Poonam four cheques but they bounced. In the order passed by City Civil Judge MH Shaikh, he not only asked the actress to return the Rs 22 lakh she took from Sethi, he also asked her to return the money with an interest of 9 per cent from the date the suit was filed in March 2016.

The judge observed, “The oral evidence coupled with the documentary evidence filed on record has gone unchallenged. Therefore, this Court has no option but to believe plaintiff and therefore this Court holds that plaintiff is entitled to an amount of Rs 22,00,000, which she had given a loan to the defendant.”

But interestingly Koena Mitra didn’t defend the allegations made against her and also failed to appear in court despite many summons send to her. The complainant Poonam Sethi was a close friend of Koena Mitra as they worked in the same industry. In July 2012, Koena approached Poonam for an urgent loan of Rs 10 lakh, as she was under tremendous financial crisis.

But Poonam herself was going through a rough time, but then too agreed to give Koena half the amount and she transferred Rs 5 lakh in July 2012. Koena in January returned Rs 1 lakh to Poonam, but again approached her for an additional Rs 25 lakh loan. And, Poonam transferred Rs 6 lakh to Koena’s account and gave Rs 3 lakh in cash. Poonam also gave Koena additional Rs 9 lakh in first week of May 2013. So, by then, Koena owed Poonam Rs 22 lakh.

Koena issued Poonam four cheques to be deposited in later dates. However, the cheques bounced, after which Poonam sent Koena legal notices and also filed a complaint at Oshiwara Police. But even after repeated requests Koena failed to pay, according to the report.

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