25 December 2019
Bhubaneswar: A youth working in Mumbai has allegedly been duped by an Odia film industry starlet. The actress has allegedly taken cash, gold jewellery and a laptop from victim Padmaraju Ravi Kumar on the pretext of marrying him. According to Kumar, he has reported the matter to police over an email.
Kumar said that he first met the actress through a matrimony website in August 2018. The two then started talking over the phone. As the ‘bond’ grew, Padmaraju visited Bhubaneswar to meet the actress who is a native of Jajpur district.
“She asked me for Rs 2 lakh prior to the launch of her movie. I obliged and transferred the amount online." He further alleged that he gifted her gold chain, jewellery and a laptop. However, he said that the actress is now avoiding him as he has been insisting on marriage.
I have already mailed my complaint to the Police Commissioner and to the DCP of Bhubaneswar. They have assured that action will be taken, but so far nothing has happened,” Padmaraju said.
The actress on the other hand has denied the allegations. "I have no clue how can someone resort to such tantrums. We were good friends but I never committed him for marriage. So far as money is concerned, I had given him a hand loan of around Rs 1.20 lakh, which he was returning in parts," the actress said.
Kumar however stuck to his allegations. "The actress and her accomplice are willing to strike a compromise. One of her friends called me and said that she would return my gifts and settle the matter once and for all."