Bollywood actor Salman Khan’s lawyer Dipesh Mehta received a bouquet of flowers and along with that a threatening letter and a live caridge at his Bandra house on Monday. The letter demanded him to either pay up Rs 2 crore or face the consequences. The Bandra police have registered a complaint.
According to what the police have told us, a man in his mid thirties came to Mehta’s office at Doop-Chhain on 28th Road, Bandra at around 1:30 PM on Monday and handed a bouquet and a letter in an envelop to a staffer. Mehta was not in the office at that time.
“When the staffer opened the envelop, he found the letter and the live cartridge. The sender identified himself as Azad and has written ‘Dipesh Mehta 2 crore driver ke sath pahuncha do nahi to jaan se maar doonga’ (Dipesh Mehta, send Rs 2 crore with your driver or I will kill you),” said a police officer. Mehta’s junior advocate Kaushal Kiran Thakkar lodged a complaint with Bandra police station. “We have registered a complaint under sections 386 (extortion) and 506 (threatening with dire consequences) under the Indian Penal Code (IPC). We are questioning the driver because the letter has asked Mehta to send the extortion money through his driver,’’ said another police officer.
It was not clear whom the driver was supposed to hand over the cash to. The extortion could be the handiwork of Ravi Pujari gang which had adopted a similar modus operandi a few years back to extort money from a Bandra builder. back then, on the builder’s daughter’s wedding, Pujari sent a bouquet to him. The police are scanning the CCTV footage in the vicinity to identify the man who delivered the flowers to Mehta’s office.
The lawyer has represented several Bollywood actors apart from Salman Khan.