Court orders FIR against Genelia, 5 others

Hyderabad: A local court on Friday directed the police here to register an FIR against actress Genelia D`souza and five others of a real-estate firm, for allegedly cheating a customer by "failing" to construct a duplex house at Maheswaram mandal on the outskirts of the city.

In his complaint before the First Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Court here, one Ch Tirupathaiah, alleged that the five directors of a real-estate firm as well as its brand ambassador- Genelia, of "failing" to construct a duplex house, though, he had paid Rs 54 lakh towards booking the plot-cum-house in their venture.

Tirupathaiah said, the firm`s managing director Sujith Reddy and other directors had promised to construct a duplex house on the plot in 2008, which, according to him, has not been done so far.

"Being the brand ambassador of the firm, Genelia also made false promises through advertisements and brochures and cooperated with other accused in cheating," the plot buyers Tirupathaiah`s counsel Balaji Vadera claimed.

Following the complaint, the court directed Saifabad police to inquire into the matter and also to register a case against Genelia and five others for offences of cheating and under relevant sections of IPC.

The court has asked them to submit a report by March 27, Tirupathaiah`s counsel said, adding that the State Consumer Forum had also earlier gave a direction in Tirupathaiah`s favour.