Starlet Preeti Jain gets 3-yrs jail for conspiracy to murder Madhur Bhandarkar

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Model and actress Preeti Jain was today sentenced to three years' imprisonment by a court here for plotting to murder Bollywood filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar 12 years ago.

Sessions judge S M Bhosale also sentenced co-accused Naresh Pardeshi to three years' jail term, while another accused, Shivram Das, got two years' imprisonment.

The court later granted bail to all the three and suspended their sentences for four weeks, to enable them file appeals.

Two other accused were acquitted for lack of evidence.

According to the prosecution, Jain approached Pardeshi, an aide of gangster Arun Gawli, in 2005 saying she wanted to have Bhandarkar killed, and paid him Rs 75,000 for the job.

A year before, Jain had alleged that Bhandarkar had raped her multiple times after promising her a role in one of his films.

Jain later demanded her money back from Pardeshi and others for not carrying out the task. In the meantime, police received a tip-off about her attempt to hire gangsters to kill Bhandarkar.

A case was registered in September 2005 and Pardeshi was arrested first, followed by Jain. Subsequently Das, who helped Pardeshi arrange weapons and shooters, was also arrested.

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