Back in 2009, a local court in Meerut booked Boney Kapoor, Sridevi, Prabudheva and Salman Khan in a case of alleged copyright infringement and plagiarism for their film, Wanted. The petition was filed by Birbal Singh Rana, a local writer-director, who alleged that Kapoor’s production house, BSK Network and Entertainment, had stolen his original script, Raja Bhai IPS, for their film. In his petition, Birbal claimed that he had submitted his copyright script to the company in 2004, but it was rejected and later re-created for their own project.
The team of Wanted denied the allegations, but in August 2010 the Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate, BD Bharti, directed them to be present before the court on November 22. When they did a no-show, a non-bailable warrant was issued against them. Later, Boney decided to seek redemption from the Allahabad High Court.
After a period of seven years, Boney has won the case against Birbal Singh Rana. On Tuesday, the Allahabad High Court acquitted Kapoor of all the charges. It also came to light that Birbal had been blackmailing Boney, demanding an out-of-court settlement of Rs 75 lakh. The Additional Government Advocate, RD Yadav, ruling in favour of Kapoor said, “This kind of extortion is becoming a practise by miscreants who target high-profile celebrities. There is no copyright violation of the idea, subject matter, theme, plot or historical or legendary facts. The applicant (Boney and Co.) are innocent and have not committed the present offence .”