BY ANUJ RADIA
Comedian and Television host Kapil Sharma and film journalist Vickey Lalwani, who is also the SpotboyE editor, have reportedly lodged police complaints against each other after a telephonic quarrel on Friday evening.
Sharma has accused Lalwani of defamatory writing and threats of extortion, harassment in connivance with his two former managers – Neeti Simoes and Preeti Simoes, while Lalwani has shot back with a complaint to Mumbai police accusing him of threats, abuse, harassment, and other charges.
Lalwani told a leading daily: “On Friday evening, Kapil Sharma made a call at 6.11 p.m. and used extremely bad and unparliamentary language. The call has gone viral over social media and I have been flooded with calls of support. This is nothing but yet another attempt to muzzle the media.”
Lalwani said that in his phone call, Sharma used extremely bad language, but nowhere did he accuse him of extortion demands.
“What we have written are facts only, and all other media also are writing about it, so how can we alone be blamed for it?” he asked.
Sharma apparently stated in his complaint that the Simoes sisters worked as his managers, but since their performance was not up to the mark, he terminated their contracts last year.
Both the sisters had deep insight into Sharma’s personal associations, day-to-day businesses and were also aware of his personal life, said his lawyer Tanveer Nizam.
Over the past six months, there have been several posts on SpotboyE.com and a person approached them to cough out 2.50 million as the company (SpotboyE.com) possessed a lot of critical information that could ruin the comedian, cited Nizam.
He further stated that Sharma did not succumb as he was not inclined to give into the surging “fake media.”
Later, Kapil mentioned that SpotboyE.com started uploading negative and exaggerated news into the public domain and some it was only available with his ex-managers, the Simoes sisters.
All this false and malicious publicity seems to have affected him emotionally and he is currently under professional counselling, as well as medication for which he held Lalwani and Simoes sisters responsible.
On Friday evening, Sharma posted a series of tweets that were found to be abusive and objectionable. These were then deleted on grounds that his Twitter account was hacked.
Recently, the comedian established that his Twitter account was not hacked but his team deleted the posts, but nonetheless, he stood by his comments.
One hopes that this issue gets resolved soon!