Film producer Umapathy Gowda says he feels stuck with the drama involving actor Darshan, two of his friends and a woman called Aruna Kumari.
He said Show time he continues to be on good terms with Darshan, but some people try to ruin his reputation and his relationship with the star. Umapathy is the producer of the star film of Darshan ‘Roberrt’, a big budget movie that went on to become a blockbuster.
âThey are trying to defame me. I have confidence in the ongoing police investigation and hope the problem will be resolved in the right way, âhe said.
Darshan made headlines all week, even before being accused of beating up a waiter at a Mysuru hotel.
TV stations followed his every step when he complained to the police about a woman who allegedly tried to cheat him and his friends.
Hebbal Police in Mysuru recorded a case of cheating and extortion against three people, following a complaint by Harsha Melanta, a hotelier and friend of Darshan.
In his complaint, Harsha said that Aruna Kumari and two others demanded 25 lakh in rupees from him and accused him of creating false documents to mortgage property belonging to Darshan.
The saga began on June 6 when Darshan received a call from film producer Umapathy Gowda, who asked if he had given someone surety for a loan of Rs 25 crore. Umapathy connected him to Aruna Kumari to talk about it.
Aruna, who introduced himself as a bank manager, reportedly told Darshan that three of his friends: Harsha Melanta, Rakesh Papanna and Rakesh Kumar had attempted to secure a loan and appointed him as surety.
During a press conference, Darshan said he became suspicious of the woman because she did not have her ID card with her when she visited her farm in Mysuru. She was there, he said, on the pretext of checking her holdings.
When Darshan learned that Aruna was not a bank employee, the story took a different turn. Aruna accused Umapathy of being behind the drama. The producer immediately filed a complaint against her with the police.
Interestingly, lyricist V Nagendra Prasad and his friend and businessman Nagavardhan told a press conference that Aruna had previously tried to cheat on the latter.