Mumbai model Preeti Jain convicted for plotting to murder Madhur Bhandarkar

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Mumbai: A Mumbai based model, Preeti Jain, has been sentenced to three years in jail by a court in the Maharashtra capital for allegedly plotting to murder filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar 12 years ago.

Apart from Ms 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 accused.  The court acquitted two other accused in the case for lack of evidence.

The prosecution has said, news agency PTI reports, that Ms Jain had approached Pardeshi to kill Mr 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, Ms Jain had alleged rape by the director and filed a case against him.

The murder plot came to light when the police received a tip off following which Ms Jain began asking for her money as the task was not completed.

Police registered a case in September 2005 and arrested Pardeshi. They later picked up Ms Jain. Subsequently, Shivram Das, who helped Pardeshi arrange weapons and shooters, was also arrested.

Soon after the conviction, Mr Bhandarkar, without naming anybody, tweeted: "Some things are better left unsaid ! Some things are better left as they are. Life moves on, so have I."
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