Monica Bedi returns to Hyderabad jail

IANS | By, Hyderabad
Jul 19, 2007 10:55 AM IST

Monica Bedi has been brought back to Hyderabad from Bhopal, where she was acquitted in a fake passport case recently.

Gangster Abu Salem's companion and former Bollywood actress Monica Bedi has been brought back here from Bhopal, where she was acquitted in a fake passport case recently.

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Bedi, who was brought here on Wednesday night by the New Delhi-Hyderabad Andhra Pradesh Express, was taken straight to the Chanchalguda central jail.

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She was convicted September 29 last year in a fake passport case here and was sentenced to five years imprisonment, which was later reduced to two years by the Supreme Court. She was away in Bhopal for nine months facing the trial in a similar case there.

Her father Prem Kumar Bedi is expected to arrive here from Norway in a day or two to complete the formalities for her bail. The former starlet has already announced her plans to return to films after her release.

For the moment, it will be back to rigorous jail life for the Oxford educated Bedi at the state prison for women. She will have to wear a white sari in the jail and work like other convicts. The jail inmates have to do work like candle making and tailoring.

Three former government employees were also sentenced to three years imprisonment last year along with Bedi for helping her acquire a passport under a fictitious name in 2001 by furnishing a false residential address of Kurnool town in Andhra Pradesh.

Bedi was extradited from Portugal November 11 2005, along with Abu Salem. She was brought to Hyderabad the same day.

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