Baahubali actor arrested for cheating woman

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A screen shot of the scene in Baahubali - 1 in which Venkata Prasad acted.
A screen shot of the scene in Baahubali - 1 in which Venkata Prasad acted.

Hyderabad: The Banjara Hills police on Thursday arrested Venkata Prasad, a senior manager with Prasad’s IMAX theatre and who has dabbled with a few roles in Telugu movies, including one in ‘Baahubali – The Beginning’. Prasad was held on charges of cheating and threatening a woman.

According to the police, the victim in her complaint alleged that Prasad was in a live-in relationship with her for about eight years. However, when she asked him to marry her, he refused and started threatening her with dire consequences if she insisted upon marriage. Based on her complaint, a case under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code for cheating, criminal intimidation and outraging a woman’s modesty was booked and Prasad was arrested.

During investigation, it was revealed that Prasad, who is from Kakinada and was married in 1997, had issues with his wife and the couple had sought divorce from the court. He has been working at IMAX for quite a long time and currently was a senior manager with the theatre.

“It was during this period that the complainant and Prasad became friends and started living together. However, they began to have frequent arguments and Prasad started to avoid her,” police said.

Sources said over the last one year, Prasad had befriended a woman from the United States and both were planning to get married. The complainant learned about this and approached Prasad at his office and other places. When she confronted him, he started threatening her. He also avoided and blocked her on Facebook and WhatsApp too.

Meanwhile, Prasad has denied the allegation. He was produced before a court at Nampally, after which he was remanded in judicial custody.