Mumbai designer held for offering bribe to Maharashtra Deputy CM Devendra Fadnavis's wife
A Mumbai-based designer, accused of allegedly offering bribe to Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis’s wife Amruta Fadnavis, was remanded to police custody till March 21 by a court on Friday.
Amruta Fadnavis had filed a complaint on February 20 against the accused, Anishka Jaisinghani and her father for allegedly attempting to bribe her for intervening in a criminal case. The accused also threatened her, according to the complaint.
Police said an FIR was registered against Anishka and her father at the Malabar Hill Police Station according to which the accused was in touch with Amruta Fadnavis for the past 16 months, and also visited her home.
Amruta told the police that she met first the accused in November 2021. Anishka introduced herself as a designer of clothes, jewelry, and footwear, had requested the Depurty CM’s wife to wear her designs at public events which would help promote her brand and products.
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As per the FIR, Anishka, after gaining Amruta’s trust, offered to give her information on some bookies through which they could make money. The accused then straight up offered Amruta Fadnavis Rs 1 crore to dismiss a police case against her father.
Upset over the turn of events, Amruta Fadnavis, blocked Anishka’s number. However, the accused woman allegedly then sent Amruta video clips, voice notes and text messages from an unknown number.
An official citing the FIR said Anishka and her father indirectly threatened and conspired against the BJP leader’s wife.
The police registered the FIR against Anishka and her father under Indian Penal Code sections 120-B (conspiracy) and the Prevention of Corruption Act sections pertaining to using corrupt and illegal means to induce a public servant to take a bribe.
The designer was arrested on Thursday where her father and co-accused in the case is still at large, said an official.
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