Madhur Bhandarkar murder conspiracy case: Preeti Jain convicted, sentenced to three years imprisonment
The Mumbai court has announced its verdict in the case dating back to 2005 where starlet Preeti Jain was accused of hiring a contract killer to eliminate filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar.
New Delhi: The Mumbai court has announced its verdict in the case dating back to 2005 where starlet Preeti Jain was accused of hiring a contract killer to eliminate filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar.
Actress Preeti Jain and two others have been convicted by a Mumbai court, while two others have been acquitted. Two persons including Preeti Jain have been sentenced to three years of imprisonment by the court, while one gets two years jail term, reportedly.
Besides Preeti Jain, special judge S M Bhosale also handed over the same punishment to Naresh Pardeshi and Shivram Das and imposed a fine of Rs 10,000 each on the trio. The court acquitted two other accused in the case for want of evidence, according to PTI.
According to the prosecution, Jain had approached Pardeshi to kill Bhandarkar in 2005 and reportedly paid him Rs 75,000 for the job. Pardeshi was an aide of underworld gangster Arun Gawli. A year before that, Jain had alleged rape by the director and filed a case against him.
The murder plot came to light when police received a tip-off following which Jain began asking for her money as the task was not completed. Police registered a case in September 2005 and arrested Pardesi. They later picked up Jain. Subsequently, Das, who helped Pardeshi arrange weapons and shooters, was also arrested.
(With PTI inputs)