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Chennai: Ayyappan R., a former Sun Pictures associate and film distributor, on Monday filed a police petition against Kalanithi Maran, promoter of Sun TV Network Ltd, alleging that he hadn’t been paid dues of 35 crore. The petition was filed with the Chennai police commissioner.

Sun Pictures is the movie producing and distributing arm of Sun TV Network

“I had given 400 crore cash for 19 movies to Maran,"Ayyappan said in an interview. Ayyappan distributed Sun Pictures movies in Chennai city, Madurai, South Arcot and North Arcot, and also helped the company rope in other distributors.

“The 2% commission and the 10 movies that failed out of all the movies which I had bought from Sun Pictures need to be compensated by Maran," he said.

Ayyappan was accompanied by Hansraj Saxena, former chief operating officer of Sun Pictures, when he filed the petition.

Saxena was arrested on 4 July 2011 on cheating and intimidation charges following a case filed by a Salem-based film distributor. Two more cases were filed against him by Tamil film producers for alleged intimidation after that. Saxena was then relieved of his position in the company.

“I went to prison and am not responsible for all what happened at Sun Pictures," Saxena said. “Let the truth come out as to what happened to 400 crore."

Maran could not be reached for comment. Calls and emails sent to his office and personal phones didn’t elicit a response.

Saxena currently produces and distributes Tamil movies through his new company, Sax Pictures.

Sun TV Network closed at 407.80, up 0.83%. The benchmark Sensex dropped 0.38% to 19,244.42 points.

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