Film director Teja booked for trespass

Hyderabad, March 06: Cases have been registered against Tollywood director Teja for allegedly trespassing into the house of film producer Chadalavada Srinivasa Rao late last night.

According to the police, producer-cum-distributor, Srinivasa Rao, had bought an independent house belonging to Teja at Plot No.

1065 on Road No. 45 in Jubilee Hills in June 2009 for R 9 crore. He made an initial payment of Rs 3 crore. An agreement was made to this effect and a sale deed executed in favour of Srinivasa Rao. But Rao had been evading payment of the balance amount of Rs 6 crore, police said.

Soon after the agreement, Teja vacated the house and Rao took possession of it.

Though Rao was not residing there he engaged a watchman to guard the premises.

“According to the complaint lodged by Srinivasa Rao, Teja forcibly drove the watchman out and took possession of the house last night,’’ Jubilee Hills police inspector K Narsing Rao said.

“Last night, around 11 pm, some goons barged into my house. They forcibly occupied it and are refusing to vacate it. They were sent by Teja,’’ Srinivasa Rao told Express.

He also alleged that Home Minister P Sabitha Indra Reddy was supporting Teja and the police slept over his complaint last night. He maintained that he had no enmity or rivalry with Teja and failed to understand why he was resorting to such illegal methods.

“Teja claims that Srinivasa Rao has to pay him the balance Rs 6 crore,’’ the inspector said. Teja is currently residing in the house.

Srinivasa Rao, in his complaint, said that Teja, his wife Srivalli, his father-inlaw Padmanabha Reddy and other relatives were involved in the forcible occupation of the house.

“We have registered cases against Teja and others under Sections 456 (trespassing), 420 (cheating) and 506 (criminal intimidation) and are investigating,’’ Narsing Rao said.Teja, however, was not available for a comment.

According to sources, Srinivasa Rao had earlier financed a few of Teja’s movies including the director’s last film, `Keka’.