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Mumbai crime: Bizman accuses starlet of grabbing car, blackmail

Hyderabad-based man and his wife have accused an actress of making threat calls to extort money from them; allege she also forcibly took possession of their vehicle

A couple from Hyderabad have alleged that a small-time actress has been blackmailing and demanding money from them. The couple has filed an FIR against the woman in Versova police station. They also said that she has been roaming around in a car belonging to the businessman.

Actress Rekha Rana had lodged a molestation case against Agarwal, but the charges were dismissed by a sessions court
Actress Rekha Rana had lodged a molestation case against Agarwal, but the charges were dismissed by a sessions court

The case was lodged by Rishi and Dimple Agarwal. Rishi, a businessman, used to make several trips to Mumbai. Through a common friend, Rishi met the actress Rekha Rana and the two allegedly were in a relationship. Rana (27) is a winner of the Miss Delhi beauty pageant and has had minor roles in a couple of films.

Speaking to MiD DAY, Dimple said, “We had bought the Mercedes worth Rs 17 lakh for our work and for our visits to clients. Since we didn’t have a permanent address, my husband Rishi gave Rana’s address for the delivery of the car. The very next day, she forced my husband to transfer the papers of the car in her name. When he refused to do so, she started threatening us with dire consequences.”

Shakedown?
The couple alleged that Rishi had been getting extortion messages in which Rana had asked for money and had written that “Laws for women are very powerful these days and she would implicate them in a case.”

MiD DAY had reported about a case lodged by Rana in Juhu police station, in which she had accused Rishi of making sexual advances towards her ('Businessman molests beauty queen thrice in five-star', December 13).

“Rishi was bailed out by a sessions court and all charges against him were dismissed,” his wife claimed.However, the actress’ threats have continued, said the duo. “It is very shocking that we paid for the car and she is driving it around without its papers.

Even after we filed an FIR, no action has been taken,” said Dimple, adding, “Two days ago, she appeared in a newspaper article, sitting on my Mercedes, claiming she had bought it with her hard-earned money. It’s a lie.” Inspector Ashok Pimple from Versova police station refusedto comment on the case.

The other side
The actress dismissed the allegations and said the businessman had promised to marry her, but refused later. Rana told MiD DAY, “These claims are false and baseless. I have all the required proofs and documents to show that the Mercedes is in my name. Rishi played with my emotions for three months.

He promised me a job and that he would marry me and divorce his wife. I am doing well in my career now, and they are mentally harassing me. They have a lot of money and power. In the name of business trips, he was with me all the time. I have proofs for all this and have submitted them to the police and Crime Branch.”

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