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Court grants time to Aishwarya Rai on suit by real estate agent
Actress Aishwarya Rai obtained relief from a city court here Tuesday in a case filed against her by a real estate agent.
A sessions court extended till March 22 its stay on a magistrate's order issuing summons to Rai and her relatives. On Jan 10, city magistrate S.Y. Shisode had ordered them to appear before the court.
Sessions judge Hemant Deshpande will now hear the case. Rai, her parents and her brother have pleaded that the case be dismissed.
Real estate agent Krishnakumar Shetty had filed a private complaint in a Bandra court alleging that the Rai family had engaged him in 1998 for buying a 3,000 sq ft flat but had not paid him the commission.
According to Shetty, the flat in 'La Maid' building in suburban Bandra was purchased by Aishwarya, her father Krishnaraj, mother Brindaraj and brother Aditya for Rs.17.5 million, and he was supposed to be paid a two per cent commission amounting to Rs.350,000.
However Rai and her relatives, through their counsel Girish Kulkarni, contended there was no agreement to pay Shetty.