Politician booked for bigamy after actress complains

Jul 04, 2013, 07:53 IST | A Correspondent

The women's redressal cell of the city crime branch has booked a Panvel-based politician for allegedly cheating a Marathi actress by marrying her despite already having a wife

The Marathi actor had approached the cell a few days ago and accused the politician, identified as Sidharth Banthiya, for marrying her while being married, and cheating her of Rs 6 lakh by promising a flat from the government quota for artistes.

The actress had alleged in her complaint that Banthiya had prepared bogus documents of divorce from his first wife and pretended that he was already a divorcee, and married her.

Smita Jadhav, police inspector with the cell, said that the actress came in touch with Banthiya through a common friend in Mumbai and the suspect told her that he had good contacts in Mantralaya and offered to get her flat from the government quota.

“He later started visiting her frequently and even used to go to her shooting sets and after some time, proposed to her. They got married on July 23, 2010,” she said.

She further said that after a few months of marriage, the actress got a call from a lady, who claimed to be his wife.

When she asked her husband about the same he confessed that he was a divorcee and did not tell her about his past as he never wanted to lose her.

He then showed her the divorce papers, which were fake and also showed her their marriage certificate, which was also fake.

By that time he had already taken Rs 6 lakh from her. He later started threatening her that she would not get work if she left him.

Police inspector of Dattawadi police station Satish Govekar said that they have registered a case against Banthiya under sections 467, 468, 420, 376, 494 and 506 of IPC and the case has been transferred to women’s redressal cell for further investigation. 

Rs 6 lakh
The amount politician Sidharth Banthiya allegedly cheated the actress of by promising to buy her a flat

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