Mumbai: Elite Model Management, one of the larger modeling agencies in India, announced that it has filed an FIR against the directors of Mindscapes, the company which organized the Kolkata Fashion Week held in 2009. The FIR had been registered against the directors - Pratik Sen, Yudhajit Dutta and Randeb Paul of Mindscapes under Section 420 read with Section 34 of the Indian Penal Code for cheating, according to a statement released by Elite.
“We and other industry vendors worked in sincerity and good faith to make Kolkata Fashion Week a success. Now, after having cheated us all, they (Mindscapes) are trying to find new vendors to hold other events including another edition of Kolkata Fashion Week (KFW). We hope that the authorities will act promptly to prevent further injustice,” said Sushma Puri, chief executive and director of Elite Model Management India in a statement to the press.
The directors for Mindscapes, represented by Pratik Sen, refuted the charges of cheating through a statement to the media claiming that they had not received a copy of the FIR. They clarified that director Yudhajit Dutta, also director of Purple People Entertainment Pvt. Ltd, had been overseeing all these deals with Elite and had failed to keep the board of directors on Mindscapes Maestro informed about these deals, including ones with Elite which charged “excessive costing” for their models.
The statement sent by Sen to the media, maintained that Dutta had been removed as a director from the company after the board realized that he had started selling the KFW property to multiple sponsors through his new company Purple People while the vendor bills continued to be directed to Mindscapes Maestro “which clearly indicates his ill intentions and that is when the board of Mindscapes removed him from directorship but he continued to hold the stake in the company.”
Sen maintained that the company was open to discussions with Elite “if they can come forward with justified reworked outstanding…. otherwise we will also have to look at legal advices from our panel of advocates and move this forward,” said Sen.
The company also clarified that Mindscapes Maestros Event and Sports Management Pvt. Ltd, was very different from Mindscapes One, which was recently in the news for striking a Rs200crore deal with the Indian captain MS Dhoni.