Veteran actor Dilip Kumar and wife Saira Banu have sent a defamation notice to builder Sameer Bhojwani for making false claims of ownership of their Rs 250 crore property in suburban Bandra.
They have sought for an apology from Mr Bhojwani and Rs 200 crore in damages for defaming them in public.
This comes after Bhojwani on December 21, 2018, published a public notice in a leading newspaper, claiming to be the ‘rightful owner’ of the Bandra Pali-Hill based bungalow, worth Rs 250 crore.
Dilip Kumar and Saira Banu send defamation notice
The notice sent to Bhojwani by the couple’s advocate Chirag Shah says, “Bhojwani has damaged the reputation of Dilip Kumar and Saira Banu in public by making false and defamatory statement against them. On the basis of forged and fabricated documents, Bhojwani is claiming ownership of a property, originally owned by Dilip Kumar and Saira Banu.”
The notice further states, “Dilip Kumar and Saira Banu are the legitimate owners of the property situated at Pali Hill in Bandra and have acquired the same in September 1953.” The notice maintained the chargesheet filed by the police in the case against Mr Bhojwani and it stated that he has claimed ownership of the said property by forging documents.
“Bhojwani issued the public notice on December 21, 2018 with a criminal intention to grab/encroach the legitimate rights of Dilip Kumar and Saira Banu by creating a perception in public that he (Bhojwani) is the owner of the property,” it said.