Starlet Preeti Jain had previously accused Madhur Bhandarkar of raping her
Preeti Jain received a three year sentence along with Naresh Pardeshi, while Shivram Das received two years. Two other accused in the case have been acquitted due to lack of sufficient evidence. The sentencing was carried out by SM Bhosale of the Sessions Court.
The three sentenced individuals, including Preeti Jain were granted bail and given an extended four weeks to file appeals in defence of their case.
The plot to murder Madhur Bhandarkar was hatched by Preeti Jain as the mastermind. She contacted two aides of local gangster-turned-politician, Arun Gawli and paid them an amount of Rs. 75,000 as payment for the crime.
Previously, she had accused the award-winning director of raping her, and had even filed a case against him. At the time, she said that he had promised her marriage before casting her in a role for one of his films, and raped her several times.
However, the hired henchmen were unable to carry out their task, due to which Jain began demanding back her payment. Soon she was ratted out, along with her accomplices. Jain was able to pay bail and avoided jail time while the case was brought to court.
Preeti Jain is confident that she will escape any punishment, and will be appealing with the Bombay High Court. Madhur Bhandarkar took the high road himself, tweeting what looked like a response to the verdict: “Some things are better left unsaid! Some things are better left as they are. Life moves on, so have I.”
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