CHARGES WERE framed against former actress and don Abu Salem’s companion Monica Bedi on Monday in connection with a fake passport case. Apart from Monica, four others, including Abu Salem, are accused in the case.
The Court of judicial magistrate Dinesh Kumar Dangi framed the charges against Monica under Sections 419, 420, 467 and 470 of the IPC along with section 12 of the Passport Act.
Monica was brought to the courtroom under a heavy security blanket. Court premises were packed with police force ahead of her arrival.
At the beginning of the proceedings, the court rejected the application of Monica’s local lawyers seeking time for argument in the matter. Monica’s lawyers contended they had not received a copy of the supplementary challan presented by the prosecution on Friday.
They said without reading and discussing its contents with Monica’s lawyer from Hyderabad Pradeep Kumar, they were not in a position to argue her case.
Monica Bedi had also moved an application in the court seeking an English copy of the supplementary challan saying that she cannot read Hindi.
The court has fixed the case for evidence on Tuesday. Apart from district police officials of CSP rank and SHOs of 15 police stations, crime branch and City CID officials in plain clothes were keeping vigil.
Before Monica arrived, the court premises were virtually turned into a fortress. Police sniffer dogs were taken around the court building as a precaution and nearly 500 policemen were deployed. “We’re taking special care to avoid any untoward incident,” a police official said. No one was allowed to enter judicial magistrate Dangi’s courtroom from 11 am.
Entering through gate-1, a police van brought Monica from the Central Jail. She stepped inside the court building in a pair of black jeans and brown full-sleeve printed top at 12.06 pm, surrounded by women police constables and officials.
More than media persons, a large number of advocates were trying to get a look at Monica, but in vain.
Although reporters and crew from electronic media tried to contact her while she was leaving the court, their attempts proved futile.
After the hearing, Bedi left the court at 12.32 pm in a police van. Special care was taken not to allow anyone, not even media, to get close to her.