Recently, Singer Mika Singh was arrested in UAE for allegedly sending “indecent pictures” to a teenage Brazilian model. Singh, who was there to perform at a party, was arrested in UAE after the model lodged a complaint that the singer had sent her inappropriate pictures.
This is not the first time that the 41-year-old singer has faced charges for inappropriate behaviour. He was also accused by Rakhi Sawant for forcibly kissing her in the past.
Apparently, there is a long list of film personalities who have had a serious brush with the law, grabbing headlines over the years.
Earlier this month, Yadav was sentenced to three-month civil prison in a loan default case. He was immediately taken into custody by the Delhi Police after the Delhi High Court order was pronounced. The actor and his wife Radha had taken loan of Rs 5 crore in 2010 from to make his directorial debut with Hindi film ‘Ata Pata Laapata’. They had been engaged in a legal battle after Delhi-based businessman, M.G. Agarwal, owner of Murli Projects, filed a case against the couple in the High Court for failing to repay it.
Sanjay Dutt virtually created history by becoming the first major film personality to be convicted and also one to complete his full jail sentence. Despite many controversies, he finally walked out of Yerawada Central Jail, Pune in February 2016, with the halo of his larger-than-life hero image still intact. Dutt was sentenced to five years by the Supreme Court for illegal possession of weapons after the bloody Mumbai communal carnage of Decemebr 1992-Januarry 1993 and its fallout in the form of the March 12, 1993 serial bomb blasts, India’s biggest terror strike till date which left 257 dead.
The Race 3 actor invariably stands out as the numero uno among those who have grappled with the law, police and courts. Khan was sentenced to five years in jail but was acquitted on appeal in December 2015 in the 1998 Rajasthan Blackbuck killing case. He has also been in-and-out of courts and lock-ups for the September 28, 2002 road accident case when his Toyota SUV rammed into a bakery and killed one pavement dweller in the posh Bandra.
Actor Sooraj Pancholi, son of Bollywood actor-couple Aditya Pancholi and Zarina Wahab is embroiled in a case of abetment of suicide of British-American actress Jiah Khan, who was found dead at home in June 2013. The matter is in the courts.
Saif Ali Khan
Bollywood’s ‘Chhote Nawab’ Saif Ali Khan, the 10th in the royal hierarchy of the erstwhile Patudi State in modern-day Haryana, got into fisticuffs with a NRI businessman Iqbal Mir Sharma, at a five-star hotel in February 2012. Accompanied by his friends, including wife Kareena Kapooor, Saif was arrested and let out on bail and the matter has been referred for mediation by a Mumbai Court.
In May 2001, actor Fardeen Khan, son of the late Feroze Khan, shot into the headlines after he was arrested from Juhu for bying cocaine from a tout. He was tried before a Special NDPS Court, but after over a decade, granted conditional immunity from prosecution.
Actress Monica Bedi grabbed the headlines in September 2002 when she was arrested along with mafia don Abu Salem by the Portuguese authorities for entering the country with fake documents. After a term in a Lisbon prison and a long legal battle, the duo was deported to India in November 2005 to face multiple cases by various agencies. While Salem is in jail facing various cases, Bedi was arrested in a forged passport case. The Supreme Court upheld her conviction but reduced her sentence from five years jail to two-and-half years, which she had already spent in prison as an under trial and she walked out free in July 2007.
In June 2009, Bollywood was shocked when actor Shiney Ahuja was arrested on charges of raping his maid-servant. Though the victim was later declared hostile, the case against Ahuja continued. He was sentenced to seven years in jail against which he appealed before Bombay High Court. He is currently out on bail.
Another headline grabber was the alleged involvement of well-known music director Nadeem Saifi, of the erstwhile Nadeem-Shravan duo, who is wanted-accused for the killing of music baron Gulshan Kumar in August 1997. At that time, Nadeem was in London and to evade arrest he stayed there. Later, the UK House of Lords upheld the London High Court’s ruling against his extradition and rejected Indian government’s plea for a review of the decision.
In April 2016, the Thane police busted an international narcotics racket in which one of the prime suspects named is well-known actress Mamta Kulkarni and her husband, alleged drug lord Vicky Goswami. The case acquired international dimensions with the Indian, American and Kenyan authorities investigating the matter. A Mumbai court has declared the Kulkarni-Goswami couple as absconders.