The CBI has registered a preliminary inquiry against filmmaker Anurag Kashyap after receiving complaint from the Information and Broadcasting Ministry. Among those being reported probed for alleged financial irregularities are Anurag Kashyap films, Sun TV, UFO Movies and other film companies.
Some unnamed officials in the National Film Development Corporation too have reportedly come under the scanner.
CBI Sources: On a complaint by I&B ministry, CBI registers preliminary enquiry against Anurag Kashyap films, other films companies and unnamed officials of National Film Development Corporation of India in an alleged financial irregularities matter
— ANI (@ANI) November 22, 2018
Allegations against Kashyap is that the NDFC paid Rs 62 lakh to him directly for That Girl in Yellow Boots and Rs 1.5 crore The Lunchbox. This, according to officials, was in violation of the NDFC’s own guidelines since the body could not pay the money directly into the account of a filmmaker and could only fund a film where it was a co-producer.
Anurag has denied the allegations. “It’s co-production and many government bodies and investors invested in The Lunchbox…And many other investors in Yellow Boots. There is an agreement (signed and agreed by all parties) to state the nature of the transfer. It’s in the company account and not in any person’s personal account,” Kashyap was quoted by The Print website.
Kashyap was recently in news after a former woman employee of his company Phantom Films had alleged sexual harassment by Vikas Bahl, with whom he had founded the company. Soon after the allegation surfaced, Kashyap and Bahl had dissolved the company. Aside from Kashyap and Bahl, the other two partners of the film were Vikramaditya Motwane and Madhu Mantena.