Marathi film actress arrested for extortion and defamation, gets bail

PUNE: A team from the city police crime section arrested Marathi film actress Sara Shrawan, aka Sara Ganesh Sonawane (32), on Saturday night from her residence at Lower Parel in Mumbai in one case of extortion and defamation.

On Sunday, a vacation court here ordered his bail release on the condition that he does not leave India without his permission and must provide a cash guarantee of Rs15,000 with a personal release bonus. The assistant police inspector of the crime branch Jaywant Jadhav, who is investigating the case, had submitted a report requesting the 14-day pretrial detention for Sara.

The police action came after a Pune session court on November 28 rejected Sara's declaration of bail in the case brought by actor Subhash Dattatreya Yadav against her and three others, including her female co-star Rohini Mane and Amol Tekale, a police sub-inspector with the anti-terrorist squad that has since been put on hold.

Police had previously arrested Rohini, Tekale and Ram Jagdale, the third defendant, all of whom are on bail.

The trio allegedly demanded Rs15 lakh from Subhash for removing a case of sexual abuse presented by Rohini and threatened to make a viral video clip, showing him touching Rohini's feet.

Sara was accused of acting at the request of Rohini to make the video clip viral on social networks and distribute it to television channels. She was also accused of writing defamatory publications about Subhash on the wall of her social media account.

Subhash's lawyer, Milind Pawar, told TOI: “We will file a petition for review in the court of sessions against the granting of bail to Sara, as we believe the police should have sought their custody (police) to establish their role in the conspiracy to extort money from our client. The police should also have invoked provisions of the Information Technology Law against it considering the nature of the charges. Instead, they have not even asked you to hand over your passport.

In additional sessions, Judge Haribhau R Waghmare, while rejecting Sara's bail statement before arrest, had observed: The possibility of the applicant participating in the conspiracy to extract the amount of the informant cannot be ruled out (Yadav) . Also, the electronic bulletin of which the applicant has made that video viral must be confiscated. For further investigations, the custody interrogation of the applicant will be required.

The court then annulled provisional protection granted to Sara on an earlier occasion, paving the way for her arrest.