A local court convicted a Telugu film producer and director M. Bheemeswara Rao and sentenced him to two years simple imprisonment and a fine of Rs.20,000 in connection with a case pertaining to bounced cheques.

The court issued orders after hearing the arguments on a petition filed by a businessman S. Vijaya Bhaskar. He lodged a complaint in August 2008 after four cheques issued by Rao bounced. The court held the accused guilty of the offence under Section 138 of Negotiable Instruments Act and convicted him under Section 255 of Criminal Procedure Code.