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Designer Aniksha Jaisinghani Has Been Remanded to Police Custody Till March 21

by Raju Vernekar
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By Raju Vernekar
Mumbai, March 18

Fashion designer Aniksha Jaisinghani (26) arrested on charges of blackmailing Amruta Fadnavis, wife of Maharashtra Deputy CM Devendra Fadnavis, was remanded to police custody till March 21, by the Additional Sessions Judge DD Almale, on Friday. 
Aniksha was arrested on Thursday from Ulhasanagar in Maharashtra’s Thane district on charges of offering Amruta Fadnavis, an Rs one crore bribe to help her father- Anil Jaisinghani, a bookie and absconding accused in several criminal cases. 
On Friday, Chief Public Prosecutor Jaising Desai contended that Aniksha wanted to use the public servant (DCM), who is the husband of the complainant. When the investigation was going on, the prosecution came across certain video clips and photographs that showed how a conspiracy was hatched against the public servant.  
Desai pointed out that the videos were allegedly created to blackmail and demand an additional Rs.10 crore. Anil Jaisinghani, wanted in 17 cases was absconding and Aniksha was in touch with him. 
Aniksha has been booked for offences under Section 120B (criminal conspiracy) and Section 385 (extortion) of the Indian Penal Code and Sections 8 (induce public servant using corrupt means) and 12 (abetment) of the Prevention of Corruption Act. 
In the FIR dated February 20, lodged at Malabar Hill police station in South Mumbai, Amruta stated that Aniksha had been in touch with her for over 16 months since 2021. She allegedly asked her to wear products designed by her at public events, which she agreed to do. 
Aniksha who had visited the official residence of the DCM in South Mumbai allegedly offered to provide Amruta with information on certain bookies through which both of them could earn money by conducting raids. Thereafter, she directly offered Rs one crore to Amruta to get her father off the hook in another police case. After she blocked her number Aniksha sent video clips, voice notes, and messages from unknown phone numbers, She was indirectly threatening and conspiring against her, Amruta told police. 
Aniksha’s lawyer informed the court that out of 17 cases against Anil Raisinghani, 13 cases were settled. No notice under Section 41A of the Code of Criminal Procedure was given to Aniksha and the FIR was of prior date. She is in custody only because there are cases against her father, he argued. He also told the court that Aniksha is a law student and her exams are currently on. 
Key Facts: Anil Jaisinghani had been running a betting syndicate in Dubai, Karachi, and Delhi during IPL and other matches. He had allegedly pocketed some police officers. In one case, a DCP in Mumbai facing corruption charges quit the job. The cases have been registered against Jaisinghani in Maharashtra, Goa, and Assam and he is absconding for the past seven to eight years. Aniksha met Amruta around November 2021. During the period of acquittance, she gave her clothes, footwear, and jewellery for promotional purposes. 
Aniksha sent  videos and voice messages to Amruta. In one of the clips, Aniksha was seen filling a bag with cash, which was later seen at the residence of Devendra Fadnavis. Amruta had also released a book “Reminiscences of Her” authored by Aniksha in 2022. Subsequently upset by her behaviour, Amruta blocked her number.

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