Kolkata Fashion Week Organizer Faces Cheating Case

July 30th, 2010 - 12:59 pm ICT by Sampurn Wire  

July 30, 2010 (Sampurn Wire): Sports and event management company Mindscape Maestro, which organized the 2009 Kolkata Fashion Week (KFW), has been sued by the modeling agency Elite Model Management on charges of cheating. It has filed a FIR against Yudhajit Dutta, Pratik Sen, and Randeb Paul, the directors of Mindscape.

According to a statement by Elite, the case is registered under the section 420 with section 34 of the Indian Penal Code.

In a statement to the media, the chief executive and director of “Elite Model Management India’, Sushma Puri said, “We along with other industry vendors worked earnestly to make the Kolkata Fashion Week a great success. Mindscape has cheated us and we are now looking for new vendors to conduct other events, which includes another edition of Kolkata Fashion Week. We hope the authorities will take quick action to prevent further injustice.”

In a statement to the media, Pratik Sen, who represents the directors, countered the cheating charges saying that they had not got a copy of the FIR. They also clarified some facts about the director Yudhajit Dutta, who is also a director of another company Purple People Entertainment Pvt. Ltd. According to the statement, Dutta was in charge of supervising all the deals with Elite, and did not inform the Mindscape Maestro directors about these deals including the ones in which Elite asked for the reason of charging exorbitantly for their models.

The statement further added that Dutta is no longer a director of the company as he has been removed. Dutta was trying to sell the property of KFW to several sponsors through his new company “Purple People’. But the vendor bills were directed to the Mindscape Maestro. He still has stake in the company but not a directorship.

Sen added, “We are ready to discuss with Elite if they agree to approach us with a justified reworked outstanding or else, we will be left with no other options but to take legal advice from our advocates.”

–Sampurn Wire

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