The Nagpur Circuit Bench of Maharashtra State Consumer Dispute Redressal Commission has issued notices to the latest pop sensation Yoyo Honey Singh and two others in connection with the complaint filed by the owner of an event management company here. The complainant Tarendra Sontakke (complainant case no.12/35) had filed the case against Honey Singh, Asheesh Jain and Anup Kumar for backing out on the agreement to perform in Nagpur and also gulping down the amount of Rs 7.5 lakh paid in advance for Honey Singh’s show scheduled here on December 8, 2012.
The Commission in its notice published across various newspapers has also directed all the three to appear at the bench here on January 28. The notice also mentioned that the three should be present either by themselves or through their authorized agent. If they fail to appear in either of the directed ways then the Commission would expartee against all of them or decides on the case on merit basis.
The notice dated January 17, 2014 has been issued by legal registrar of the Nagpur Circuit Bench. As per the complaint, the show was cancelled abruptly causing huge financial loss to Sontakke who had claimed Rs 45 lakh against various losses he suffered.
Talking to Nagpur Today Tarendra Sontakke informed that he on behalf of his company Sky Wave Events and Entertainment which then had its office at Shreeji Tower in Mahatma Fule Nagar, Somalwada had undergone an agreement with Mohali based Acme Entertainment on behalf of Honey Singh and Mafia Mundeer to perform in Nagpur on December 8.
He said that he had booked Honey Singh and Mafia Mundeer for two shows each at Raipur in Chhattisgarh and Nagpur, on October 12 and December 8 last year, respectively. The fee for each show was decided as Rs 9.5 lakh. He paid Rs 10 lakh as the advance payment for both the shows i.e. Rs 5 lakh each. Later he paid in full for the Raipur show before the event. The Raipur show went well and in Raipur only he paid another Rs 2.5 lakh for Nagpur event that totaled to Rs 7.5 lakh. While the remaining amount was to be paid before the show, the manager Anup Kumar refused for the show saying that the fee for Honey Singh’s show has been hiked and now Sontakke has to pay Rs 21 lakh. He argued that since Singh has recently delivered hit Bollywood numbers he has roped in new manager in Mumbai and now he has to pay according to the new fee structure. Sontakke also contended that his agreement was made before the fee hike and hence he was liable to get the show conducted on the earlier agreed fee only.
The agreement and the confirmation letter, the copies of which is in possession of Nagpur Today, clearly stated that Asheesh Jain of Acme Entertainment had agreed for the Nagpur show for the fee of Rs 9.5 lakh.
Nagpur Today tried to contact Anup Kumar and Asheesh Jain from Acme Entertainment but both remained unavailable for the comment.