Rs. 12 lakhs cheated from actress

The visit of film actor and TV producer ‘Kutty’ Padmini to the City Police Commissionerate in Egmore on Wednesday created a flutter. But the Krishnadasi producer, who began her career in Kollywood as a child artiste, remained tight-lipped.

"I don’t want to say anything now. The police have advised me against it. I will discuss it with the media three or four days later," Kutty Padmini told.

Inquiries, however, revealed that she had lodged a complaint with the CoP against three of her former employees, Smera Srinivasan, Jambu and Vinod, accusing them of embezzlement to the tune of Rs 12 lakh. Smera had been with her for the last five years and the trio was looking after the accounts, sources said.

Recently, Kutty Padmini began to suspect them of siphoning off the company’s money by falsifying records. "They exaggerated the figures and pocketed the money," the sources said. The embezzlement, carried out over a period of time, amounted to about Rs 12 lakh, the complaint alleged.

The trio, who hailed from Kerala, stopped reporting for work and Padmini found that they had decamped with employee records and payment ledgers as well as copyright CDs belonging to her production house.

The sources said the actor’s reluctance to talk to the media stemmed from the fact that Smera had sent email to her, threatening to commit suicide if she approached the police.

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