The city civil and sessions court sentenced model Preeti Jain to three years in jail and fined her Rs10,000 for plotting to murder film-maker Madhur Bhandarkar, against whom she had earlier registered a rape case.
Two of her associates – Naresh Pardeshi and Shivram Das – too were sentenced to three years on charges of conspiracy, aiding and abetting crime. The trio was, however, granted bail on cash surety of Rs15,000. They have been given four weeks to file an appeal in the Bombay high court.Bhandarkar reacted to the verdict with a tweet: “Some things are better left unsaid! Some things are better left as they are. Life moves on, so have I.”
Two other aides from Uttar Pradesh were acquitted for lack of evidence.
Soon after the court’s decision, Jain sought suspension of sentence.
Somethings are better left unsaid! Somethings are better left as they are. Life moves on, so have I.
— Madhur Bhandarkar (@imbhandarkar) April 28, 2017
It was alleged Jain approached Pardeshi to eliminate Bhandarkar in 2005, almost a year after she filed a rape case against the filmmaker, and allegedly paid Rs75,000 for the job. However, as the task was not completed, she asked for her money back. The issue reached Gawli, who then sent his men to alert the police.
After a week-long probe, the police registered a case on September 10, 2005. Pardesi was arrested the same day and Jain was picked up while she was on her way to the Versova police station.
The police later arrested Pardeshi’s friend Shivram Das, who allegedly helped him arrange for weapons and shooters.
The trial first began in the fast-track court in Sewree, but was later transferred to the sessions court.