10 men sentenced five years imprisonment for conspiring to kill Mahesh Bhatt

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At least 10 men were convicted and sentenced five-year behind bars for planning to kill film-maker, Mahesh Bhatt.

The special court under the Maharashtra Control of Organized Crimes Act (MCOCA) acquitted two accused from the case.

The special judge Sridhar Bhosale convicted the 10 accused.

Those convicted were charged under Section 302 (punishment for murder), Section 120 B (punishment for criminal conspiracy) of the IPC, Section 115 (abatement of an offense punishable with death or imprisonment for life), and various sections of the Arms Act.

The convicts were also booked for threatening Bhatt and his family. The accused kept threatening Bhatt and his family through phone calls.

However, their plan was foiled by the Mumbai Police’s crime branch. The police arrested all the 12-men from Thane’s Mumbra, Vasai, and Nalasopara.

The accused were arrested in November 2014 while they were preparing an attack near Bhatt’s residence in Khar.

Some of the accused were members of gangster Ravi Pujari’s gang.

According to the case of the prosecution, the men acted upon the instructions of gangster Ravi Pujari, who wanted to trigger a fear in the Bollywood industry for easily extorting money from the bigwigs of the industry.

Bhatt had in his deposition said Pujari had been threatening him since 2006 when his men first opened fire outside his office. He had said after that he received threats in 2007 adding Pujari threatened to kill him for attending an event in Bangalore in 2008.

The police during interrogation found that the accused had also conspired to get the overseas distribution rights of one of superstar Shahrukh Khan’s films.

The police in its investigation had also found that some of these accused were responsible for 2014’s firing in the air outside the residence of another celebrity Karim Morani, who is the producer of the blockbuster film – Chennai Express.

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