Actor Umesh Kamat to sue news channels for depicting him as accused in Raj Kundra case

The artiste's namesake, who is the businessman's manager, has been arrested by the police.

The Marathi actor Umesh Kamat [Photo: Courtesy Instagram]

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Marathi film actor Umesh Kamat will be taking legal action against three Hindi news channels for wrongly depicting him as the prime accused in the Raj Kundra porn racket case. The artiste's namesake, who has been arrested by the police, is Kundra's manager. He allegedly worked with the United Kingdom-based Kenrin Pvt Ltd, a production company that owns the Hotshots app on to which obscene content was reportedly uploaded.

The actor on Wednesday announced his intentions to sue on social media, sharing screenshots of telecasts by News Nation, Aaj Tak and Crime Tak where his face is splashed on the screen. 

Speaking about his ordeal, Kamat wrote, “Today, I went through a very outrageous experience of irresponsible journalism. In the search for one Umesh Kamat alleged to be involved in the recent Raj Kundra case, my name was picked up recklessly out of nowhere and associated with the case without any verification of facts. Maybe, the media doesn’t realize, but this single irresponsible incident has led to immense mental agony and irreparable damage to my image. My pictures were irresponsibly used by used by Aaj Tak, Crime Tak and News Nation.” 

He added, “With no time, I and my family were flooded with calls and questions coming from all over the country, just because someone was in a haste to get a scoop and wasn’t professional enough to verify the facts. Huge damage has been done! I shall pursue the necessary legal remedies against the respective channels.

“I have therefore immediately taken to social media, to clarify that the person by name ‘Umesh Kamat’ alleged to be involved in the Raj Kundra case is not me. I request you all to take note of the same and not fall for the absolutely false and negligent news coverages. I am sure I have your support,” said the actor. 

Kamat has received support from filmmaker Sameer Vidwans, who shared the former's post on Twitter and wrote, "We are with you Umesh. We should teach a lesson to these fools." 

On the work front, Kamat will next be seen in the third season of his web-series Aani Kay Hava? with wife and actress Priya Bapat.