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11 MNS workers granted bail

mumbai Updated: Mar 16, 2010 02:10 IST
HT Correspondent

A metropolitan magistrate at Bandra granted bail to 11 members of Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) on Monday who were arrested on Sunday night on charges of extortion.

They were granted bail against surety of Rs 3,000 each.

The MNS members were allegedly trying to extort Rs 27 lakh from a film producer on the pretext of using foreigners instead of locals in a shoot. But the party denied it had indulged in such act.

According to police, the workers entered Mehboob Studios in Bandra on Sunday evening where shooting of Ritesh Sidhwani’s film Crooked was in progress and demanded that priority should be be given to locals instead of foreigners.

Sidhwani, who later lodged a complaint with the police, said that the scene was about a place in Istanbul which required inclusion of foreigners.

He also assured MNS workers that they would employ locals whenever the situation demanded.

However, the MNS workers did not relent and demanded Rs 27 lakh, following which Sadhwani lodged the complaint.

Meanwhile, MNS denied that its workers had attempted to extort money from Sidhwani.