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Bollywood starlet Preeti Jain held for plot to kill Madhur Bhandarkar

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Last updated on: September 10, 2005 17:44 IST
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Bollywood starlet Preeti Jain, who had accused film director Madhur Bhandarkar of sexually exploiting her, was arrested in Mumbai for allegedly giving 'supari' or contract for killing to underworld don-turned-politician Arun Gawli to eliminate Bhandarkar, police said

Jain had been detained by police on Saturday morning for questioning in this connection.

She allegedly paid Rs 70,000 as part payment to one of Gawli's aide in last 2 months, police said, adding that the matter came to light when another Gawli aide, advocate Bagawe brought the matter to the notice of police earlier this week.

Earlier, Jain had lodged a police complaint alleging that Bhandarkar had sexually exploited her on the pretext of giving her role in his films. She had stated that Bhandarkar had cheated her and demanded his arrest.

Meanwhile, Bhandarkar moved the court for anticipatory bail. Despite opposition by Jain and the state of Maharashtra, the court granted him anticipatory bail.

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Later, Jain moved the court urging for cancellation of Bhandarkar's anticipatory bail. However, Sessions Judge U D Malvankar rejected her plea.

Jain pleaded for cancellation of Bhandarkar's bail alleging she had received a threatening SMS' from him.

She also alleged the film-maker had gone to Dubai without informing police and there was a copyright case pending against him. On these grounds, his bail should be cancelled, the actress had pleaded.

Bhandarkar, however, countered Jain's allegations saying he had never sent any threatening SMS' to Jain and this was established during police investigations.

He said there was a case of copyright against him but it was dismissed in his favour and he had gone to Dubai after informing the police.

Jain had alleged in the police complaint Bhandarkar had sought sexual favours from her on the pretext of giving her role in his film but had not kept his promise. She also produced records of SMS messages sent by the film maker to her in this regard.

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