Chennai: In an unexpected turn of events, actor and politician Sarathkumar and his wife Radhika, Indian actress, entrepreneur, and producer who works predominantly in the Tamil and Telugu cinema, have been sentenced to one-year jail term in a cheque bounce case.Also Read - TN Local Body Election LIVE: 23.42% Turnout In Chennai At 1PM; BJP Agent Hassles Hijab-Clad Woman in Madurai

Here’s What Happened

According to the reports, the Special Court trying cases against MP and MLAs on Wednesday convicted actor couple Sarathkumar, Radhika and one other person in a 2018 cheque bounce case and sentenced them to one year’s imprisonment. The court also imposed a penalty of Rs 5 crores in connection with the case. Also Read - Hours After Taking Oath, MK Stalin Announces Rs 2000 Covid Relief, Free Travel For Women in State-run Buses

The Background

The Radiance Media Private Ltd moved a plea alleging that Magic Frames company, in which Sarathkumar, Radhika and Listin Stephen are partners, had borrowed Rs 1.50 crore, which is a film financing company, and issued two cheques. Subsequently, Sarath had obtained a hand loan of Rs 50 lakh from Radiance Media. In return, he had issued five cheques for Rs 10 lakh each. When the cheques were presented for realisation, they all bounced. Also Read - MK Stalin Is New Tamil Nadu CM; Nehru, Gandhi Sworn-In As His Ministers

Earlier, the actor duo moved the High Court challenging the criminal proceedings initiated against them in the Saidapet fast track court. However, in May 2019, Justice GK Illanthiraiyan declined to quash the criminal proceedings in two cheque bounce cases pending against Sarathkumar, Radhika and two others. The judge had also directed the fast track court in Saidapet to complete the trial within six months. In the meantime, the case was transferred to the Special Court for MP/MLAs in the Chennai Collectorate complex.

What Has The Court Ordered

According to a report in the New Indian Express, on Wednesday, the case came up for hearing before Judge N Alicia who recorded the submissions made by the counsels and sentenced the actor couple to one year of imprisonment.  Besides, the court also allowed the suspension of the sentence petition moved by Sarathkumar stating that the issue will be resolved.

Meanwhile in the recent Tamil Nadu Assembly elections 2021, Sarathkumar’s Samathuva Makkal Katchi forged an alliance with Kamal Hassan’s Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) and contested in 37 seats. Both Radhika and Sarathkumar campaigned for the alliance.