The Bengaluru police have filed a chargesheet against controversial Kannada actor Duniya Vijay in a case connected to the Maasthi Gudi film tragedy, which led to the deaths of Sandalwood actors Uday and Anil in November 2016. In a 65-page chargesheet, the police have accused Duniya of misconduct with police and charged him under Section 353 (obstructing police from carrying out their duty) of the Indian Penal Code.
The chargesheet was submitted to the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate court in Bengaluru on Saturday. He is currently out on bail in several cases against him. The actor was booked by Channammanakere Achukattu Police for obstructing the police from arresting Maasthi Gudi producer P Sundar Gowda.
It was reported that Duniya allegedly helped Gowda escape from the latter’s residence in the presence from the police and promised to hand him to the police in a day’s time as Gowda’s mother was allegedly unwell. He had also reportedly assaulted a police officer on duty.
Actors Uday and Anil had drowned to death at Thippagondanahalli reservoir during the filming of Maasthi Gudi in November 2016. The stunt involved three actors - Duniya Vijay, Uday and Anil — jumping off a helicopter from a height of 100ft into the water. Videos of the incident showed that even though none of the actors knew swimming, only Duniya was given a safety jacket. After they jumped, only Duniya Vijay was rescued in a coracle while the rest struggled and drowned to death.
After the Kannada film producer ignored summons by a local court and had a non-bailable warrant issued against him, the police had arrived at his home to arrest him.
Duniya, who is no stranger to controversies, was summoned by police earlier this month under sections 107 of the Criminal Procedure Code, asking him to maintain peace. Recently, Duniya and his family were in news for all wrong reasons.
First, his wife Nagartha and Keerthi were involved in a physical assault and currently the former is absconding. Later, his daughter Monica had accused Duniya and Keerthi of physically assaulting her.
In October, he was arrested for allegedly assaulting and kidnapping his former friend Pani Puri Kitty’s nephew Maruthi Gowda.