Alleged Chhota Shakeel’s henchman Anjum Fazalani, who was arrested connection with the case of the film Chori Chori Chupke Chupke being allegedly made with money from the underworld, was acquitted on Saturday.
With Fazalni’s acquittal, the trial has come to an end.
He was arrested in November 2006.
The prosecution had claimed that Fazalni had threatened actor Salman Khan allegedly at the instance of Shakeel to reduce his fee for the movie, Chori Chori Chupke Chupke that was financed by Bharat Shah or face dire consequences.
The prosecution had also alleged that Fazalni acted as a mediator between Shakeel and others.
Fazalni’s lawyer Prakash Shetty argued that the prosecution tried to prove their case using Nazim Rizvi’s confessional statement, which could not used against Fazalni.
“Even Salman Khan, who had deposed before the court in Marhc could not identify Fazalni, and he was declared hostile,” said Shetty.
The entire case was conducted in three phases.
In the first leg of the trial, in 2003, special Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) court had convicted Nazim Rizvi and his assistant producer Abdul Rahim Allahbaksh under the stringent Act. Diamond merchant and financier Bharat Shah was acquitted in the case.
The court had recorded the evidence of 14 film personalities of which 13 turned hostile. Only actor Preity Zinta had supported the prosecution’s case.
Those who were summoned by the court included actor Shah Rukh Khan and filmmakers Rakesh Roshan, Ratan Jain, Harish Sughand, Mahesh Manjrekar and Sanjay Gupta.
In the second leg of the trial, Tarun Shah, Bharat Shah’s accountant and an alleged hawala operator who used to send money got through extortion to Shakeel, was acquitted on June 7, 2010. The third leg of the trial ended on Saturday.