Bollywood actor Prashant Narayanan has been arrested following his alleged involvement in a cheating case, said a Kerala Police official on Sunday. According to the police, the actor was charged under section 420 (cheating), 406 (criminal breach of trust) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
Speaking to IANS, Inspector A. Prathap who arrested the 50-year-old Edakkad-born actor and his Bengali wife Shona, from Mumbai said both of them were now in judicial custody. This arrest was made after a film producer filed a case against him for allegedly cheating him of Rs. 1.20 crore.
"The case pertains to cheating. The complainant is Thomas Panicker, who was the producer of a Malayalam film, in which Narayanan acted in 2017. After the film the two became close and Panicker was told that his wife's father had a company in Mumbai and if he invested in it, he would be made a Director. Panicker invested Rs 1.20 crore and after that, he came to know he was cheated. He then filed the complaint," said Prathap.
Further, Prathap revealed that he, along with a seven-member Kerala Police Team, headed to Mumbai and after an investigation of three days, they got their hands on the accused Prashant Narayan. The actor and his wife have been brought to Kerala on a transit warrant. The Thalassery Additional Judicial Magistrate court granted the judicial remand of the couple till September 20.
Prashant Narayanan, who pursued his education and theatre career from Delhi, moved to Mumbai in the early nineties. He has starred in over 50 films, mostly in Hindi and South Indian languages, including Malayalam. Among the prominent films of Narayanan include Shadows of Time, Murder 2 and Waisa Bhi Hota Hai Part II.
(With Inputs From IANS)