Mumbai-based model Preeti Jain was on Friday sentenced to three years in jail for plotting to kill film-maker Madhur Bhandarkar, against whom she had earlier registered a rape case.
The prosecution said Jain gave a contract to gangster Arun Gawli’s aide Naresh Pardeshi to kill Bhandarkar in September 2005, almost a year after she filed a rape case against the filmmaker.
She was found guilty of conspiracy, aiding and abetting crime.
It was alleged Jain approached Pardeshi to eliminate Bhandarkar and allegedly paid Rs75,000 for the job. However, as the task was not completed, she asked for her money back. The issue reached Gawli, who then sent his men to alert the police.
After a week-long probe, the police registered a case on September 10, 2005. Pardesi was arrested the same day and Jain was picked up while she was on her way to the Versova police station.
The police later arrested Pardeshi’s friend Shivram Das, who was allegedly helped him arrange for weapons and shooters.