"She was arrested by unit-2 crime branch police"
Pune’s police crime branch has arrested actress Sara Shrawan in Mumbai concerning a Rs 15 lakh (£16,103) extortion case.
Sara Shrawan, also known as Sara Sonawane, is a well-known Marathi actress and dancer.
The police report was filed by a fellow actor as Sara was detained from Lower Parel in Mumbai on Saturday, November 30, 2019.
Sara Shrawan appeared in front of a vacation court with her four-month-old baby.
Sara starred in a film with aspiring actor Subhash Yadav. Shortly after the film’s release, Sara filed a molestation case against Subhash Yadav during September 2018.
It is reported she is the fourth person to be arrested for involvement in the case.
Besides Sara, two other actresses, a man identified as Ram Bharat Jagdale and police sub-inspector Amol Vishnu Tekale of the Anti-Terrorism Squad, Maharashtra have been accused.
According to police sources, Ram Bharat Jagdale, who acted as a middleman, attempted to negotiate a settlement with Subhash Yadav. Subhash also recorded a video of him apologising.
The suspect demanded Rs 15 lakh from Subhash Yadav in exchange for not making the video public.
Despite this, the video was attained by a fellow actress and the video was made public.
As a result of the video going viral, Yadav approached the police and lodged an extortion case in April 2019 against all the accused. He filed the report at Sahkarnagar police station.
According to police officials, the case was registered under the following sections:
- 386: extortion by putting a person in fear of death or grievous hurt
- 341: punishment for wrongful restraint
- 506 (2): criminal intimidation
- 500: defamation
- 34: the common intention of the Indian Penal Code
The Deputy Commissioner of Pune police (crime division), Bachchan Singh, stated:
“The charge sheet against the three other accused was submitted in September 2019.
“Once she (Sara Shrawan) returned to India, and the session court rejected her anticipatory bail, she was arrested by unit-2 crime branch police based on the evidence collected against her.”
Sara Shrawan is being represented by advocate Anand Botre. He commented on the case saying:
“The case is completely false.”
“It was filed because one of the other actor, who is a co-accused in the case had filed a complaint of outraging modesty.”
The case is being investigated by assistant police inspector of the Pune police division, S Jadhav, who was not present during the hearing.
It has been confirmed that Sara Shrawan was released on bail on Sunday, December 1, 2019.
Police officials have stated the bail was granted on a personal bond of Rs 15,000 (£161) with full cooperation as and when is required from Sara.