Actor Hrithik Roshan’s former wife Sussanne Khan on Friday filed a petition before the Goa Bench of Bombay High Court, seeking quashing of the FIR filed against her, in which she was accused of cheating a real estate firm by posing as an architect.
In the petition, Sussanne has also sought the court’s directions to the investigators (Panaji police) not to initiate any coercive action against her till the final disposal of the petition.
She has pleaded that the court should stay all the proceedings/investigation in the FIR till the final disposal of the petition.
Sussanne said that the present criminal proceeding is manifestly attended with mala fide and has been instituted maliciously with ulterior motive.
The high court issued notice to Goa government and Panaji police to respond to the petition and fixed the matter for hearing after two weeks.
Panaji police had registered an FIR against Sussanne on 9 June after a real estate firm filed a complaint against her for cheating them to the tune of Rs 1.87 crore by posing as an architect. She had been booked under section 420 (cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property) of IPC.
Real estate firm Emgee Properties’ managing partner, Mudhit Gupta had, in the complaint before police, alleged that she represented herself as an architect and designer, and in September 2013, the company executed a written contract with her “for architectural and designing services”.
The complaint stated that she failed to submit the requisite design in a stipulated period of time and that the designs submitted by her were not of professional standards.
However, Sussanne has dubbed the allegations against her as “false” and “defamatory” and a pressure tactic by the firm.
Sussanne, who is an interior designer, in the petition before the high court, also pleaded that the bench may pass an order calling for the records and proceedings of FIR registered with Panaji police station and quash it (FIR).
She said that she is the sole proprietor of Sussanne Khan House of Design, previously known as Sussanne Roshan House of Design.
She claimed that she has been in the business for the last 15 years and has taken up several projects as a design company.