Shilpa Shetty's mother arrested, freed on bail

  • Press Trust of India, PTI, Mumbai
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  • Updated: Mar 24, 2004 14:15 IST

Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty's mother Sunanda Shetty, who is an accused in an extortion case, was on Friday arrested in Mumbai and promptly freed on bail.

Sunanda was arrested soon after her arrival from Dubai but was granted a cash bail of Rs 40,000 at Sahar police station here as per a directive of the sessions court.

On May 28, a court in Mumbai had granted Sunanda transit bail and asked her to seek regular bail in a court in Surat, where Gujarat police registered the case against and her husband Surendra Shetty, on or before June 12.

Surat police registered the case against Sunanda and Surendra for allegedly hiring a gangster to reover Rs 80 lakh payable to Shilpa for endorsing "Praful" brand of sarees in an ad film.

Police claimed to have recorded a telephonic talk between Shilpa's parents and the complainant Pankaj Agarwal, owner of Praful sarees, in this regard. Sunanda and Surendra have denied their conversation with the gangster and alleged the tape was "manipulated."

Earlier on Friday, a court in Surat rejected the anticipatory bail of Surendra Shetty in the case.

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