Sanjay Gupta booked for forgery

Mumbai: Bollywood filmmaker Sanjay Gupta was today booked on charges of cheating and forgery by allegedly misusing the name of Mumbai Police Commissioner`s Office for the launch of his forthcoming film, `Shootout at Wadala`, a senior police officer said.

Gupta and Ekta Kapoor`s Balaji Films allegedly forged the letterhead of the city police commissioner to send invitations for the press conference of the upcoming flick which was held on Wednesday at Mehboob Studios here.

`Shootout at Wadala` is based on the first-ever registered encounter by Mumbai police who shot dead gangster Manya Surve at suburban Wadala in 1990s.

"Sanjay Gupta, Balaji Motion Pictures (Producer) and (Bollywood movie portal) were booked for cheating and forgery as they misused the name of the office of the Mumbai Police Commissioner by using the rubber stamp of police to promote their film," Nandkumar Mhetar, Senior Inspector at Versova Police station, told PTI.

The invites sent by Gupta for the launch of `Shootout at Wadala` carried rubber stamp of the Mumbai Police asking invitees to attend the press conference.

The invite also says that the police chief would be present at the event and would also brief the media on the current status of crime in the city.

According to police, arrest in this case is inevitable. Meanwhile, when asked about the press invite Gupta said "it is a bit of a misunderstanding but we will clear it, not an issue".

"If we look at it then you would know that nowhere the word Mumbai is mentioned. The emblem is mock….We know what we are doing. Also, there is a disclaimer behind the invite and it is an invite from a fictional office..We all know it is not Bombay Police, it is Mumbai police today," he said.