Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Yo Yo Honey Singh plans to file defamation suit against Nagpur event organizer













Yo Yo Honey Singh is planning to take legal action against Nagpur event organiser Tarendra Sontakke, who filed a case against him and two others in November 2012 in the Consumer Dispute Redressal Commission, Maharashtra State, Nagpur Circuit Bench. While the case was filed over a year back, what has instigated Yo Yo now to consider legal action is the fact that Nagpur Circuit Bench issued a notice to Yo Yo and two others on January 23, 2014, which says that they or their authorised agents have to be present at the hearing at the bench on January 28, at 10.30 am. Nagpur Times tells you more about it... 

What exactly happened?
Tarendra Sontakke, an event manager from Nagpur, had entered in an agreement with Acme Entertainment on August 28, 2012 for Yo Yo Honey Singh's concert at Raipur on October 12, 2012 and in Nagpur on December 8, 2012. At Raipur, even though Yo Yo came to perform, the show had to be cancelled as the event organiser didn't have the police permission to conduct the show there. After Raipur incident, Honey Singh didn't perform in Nagpur as well. Tarendra claims that more money than initially agreed upon was demanded from him for the Nagpur show. Says he, "I had an agreement with Acme entertainment for Rs 9.5 lakhs for Nagpur and I paid an advance of Rs 7.5 lakhs, but they demanded more money. I incurred heavy losses after the concert didn't happen at Raipur and hence I requested them to consider it and let Yo Yo perform at Nagpur, but they refused and when communication stopped from their end regarding the concert, we filed a case with the Consumer Dispute Redressal Commission Maharashtra State, Nagpur Circuit Bench in November 2012 for a compensation of Rs 45 lakhs."

What the notice says?
Tarendra's lawyer Arun Mahakale says, "Around three notices were sent to the respondents Yo Yo Honey Singh, Asheesh Jain and Anup Kumar (both from Acme Entertainment) since the case was filed. The notices were either not responded to or were unclaimed. Following which, we requested the court to issue a notice in the newspaper. According to the notice, if Yo Yo and the other two respondents or their authorised agents fail to appear at the Commission at 10.30 am on January 28, 2014, the commission may declare an ex parte judgement, which means, that the court will give a result after listening to our side alone. However, we will have to prove our claims. Thereafter, a copy of the decision taken in the hearing will be sent to the respondents. They then will have an option of appealing at the National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission, New Delhi."

No money received
When we contacted Anup Kumar, one of the recipients of the notice, he said, "I'm shocked and dismayed over this entire controversy. How can Tarendra drag Yo Yo in all this, when his agreement was done with my company Acme Entertainment! Obviously, he is doing all this to blackmail us and to get undue publicity. It's correct that he had a deal with me for two shows of Yo Yo in Raipur and Nagpur. But when Yo Yo and I reached Raipur with the entire crew for the show, we got to know that this guy had not even taken the venue and police permission. Just because of this man's shoddy job, there was a huge disappointment among Yo Yo's fans, who were eagerly waiting to watch Yo Yo perform and had paid through the nose for the same. Let down with the unprofessionalism of this man, we cancelled the Nagpur show, as there was no question of relying on him. After all, it's a matter of Yo Yo's reputation. Moreover, no money was received for Nagpur show."

Yo Yo speaks
When Nagpur Times spoke to Yo Yo Honey Singh about the notice, he said, "I'm shocked to hear this; it's very unfortunate that this man (Tarendra) is unnecessarily dragging my name into this controversy. It's all between him and Anup Kumar's company. My job was to perform, and how could I perform when the show got cancelled? Though I'll be sending my legal representative to Nagpur to appear before the commission on Jan 28, I'm deeply hurt with the act of this event organiser, and I'm planning to file a defamation suit against him for bringing disrepute to my name."