Mumbai court grants bail to former Indian cricket team physiotherapist in fraud case

A court in Mumbai on Friday granted bail to Dr. Ali Irani, a former physiotherapist of the Indian cricket team. Although bail was granted to Dr. Iran, a court in Dindoshi Sessions denied the bail application of his partner Mehmood Usman Ali.

The two are accused of cheating in a lawsuit filed by a film producer at the Amboli police station in Mumbai. Against them is registered FIR under sections 406 and 420 in accordance with section 35 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

In his complaint, producer Vijay Mulchandani said he entered into an agreement with Dr. Ali Irani and his partner Mehmood Usman Ali – both owners of Don OTT – in March 2020.

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Dr. Ali Irani is currently working with a well-known private hospital in the suburbs of Mumbai, while his partner runs the production company Don Infotainment Pvt Ltd.

Which is the case

The complainant told police that he had sold the rights to his 2019 film ‘Yaaram’ to Don OTT for Rs 1.25.00,000. The film began streaming on the platform in March 2020.

However, producer Vijay Mulchandani said the owners of Don OTT never paid the full amount they owed him despite multiple reminders. Some of the checks were also dishonored, the complainant said.

Mulchandani said that in June 2021 he was informed that the owners of Don OTT had sold the rights to his film to another production company for Rs 15,000,000. He then decided to file a police report against Dr. Ali Iran and his partner Mehmood Usman Ali.

Arguments in court

Appearing before Dr. Ali Irani in court at Dindoshi Sessions, lawyer Ali Kaashif Khan Deshmukh told the court that the ban on Covid-19 was introduced nationwide shortly after Mulchandani’s film was released. The accused suffered heavy losses and told Mulchandani that his payment would be resolved once the situation calmed down, lawyer Deshmukh said.

The lawyer further stated that the owners of Don OTT gave Mulchandani a check in February 2021 and asked him to deposit the same in March of that year. However, the complainant “deliberately filed a check in February” and was dishonored, lawyer Ali Kaashif Khan Deshmukh claimed in court.

Dr. Ali Iran’s lawyer also told the court that the complainant did not abide by the agreement because he did not hand over all the material related to the film to the owners of Don OTT. Mulchandani had prior information and with his consent the digital rights to the film were sold to Rajshri Entertainment Pvt Ltd.

“It has been agreed that as soon as Rajshri pays, Don OTT will transfer the money to Mulchandani,” Deshmukh’s lawyer told the court.

The court in Dindoshi Sessions, while granting bail to Dr. Ali Irani, said that in case of arrest he would be released on bail of 15,000 Rs with bail and would report to the Amboli police station on January 8, 9 and 10. , and will cooperate in the investigation.

However, the same court rejected the request for bail of partner Ali Ali Irani. Lawyer Ali Kaashif Khan Deshmukh said he would soon turn to the High Court in Mumbai asking for help for Mehmood Usman Ali.

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