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Aman Verma's 'casting couch' court date

Press Trust of India

Posted: Jun 01, 2005 at 1042 hrs IST

A local court today adjourned till June 15 the hearing on a criminal complaint filed by actor Aman Verma, who was caught in a sting operation on the presence of a ‘casting couch’ in Bollywood by a private channel.

After the channel aired the episode in March, the actor had filed the complaint with Andheri Metropolitan Court against India TV CEO Rajat Sharma, programme manager Suhaib Ilyasi and journalist Ruchi at Andheri Court.

Verma alleged that the channel wanted to "blackmail and extort money" from him, his lawyer Dipesh Mehta said.

In the complaint filed on March 28 this year, Verma said that Ruchi had called him several Times in December 2004 and told him she was an aspiring actress from New Delhi and intended to come to Mumbai to seek his assistance.

He said on December 17, 2004, Ruchi had come to meet him at his residence and enquired about the working of the film industry.

"After the conversation with her lasting around 15-20minutes, when I opened the door, Ilyasi and another man with a camera were standing outside," Verma said adding, Ilyasi said they had recorded the conversation and would telecast it if he (Verma) failed to agree to their demands.

Verma said for three months (before March) he had been receiving calls for various favours from a journalist, who was also issuing threats and making various demands for money.

The complainant urged the court to issue summons to the accused trio who are charged with various offences under IPC.

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