Mumbai Court Remands Designer Aniksha Jaisinghani To Police Custody In FIR Lodged By Deputy CM's Wife Amruta Fadnavis

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Court remanded the designer to police custody for 4 days. The designer had allegedly offered money to the Deputy CM to free her father in a criminal case.

Additional Sessions Judge DD Almale at the Sessions Court of Mumbai on Friday remanded designer Aniksha Jaisinghani to police custody in the FIR registered against her by Amruta Fadnavis, wife of current Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra Devendra Fadnavis. 

In the FIR it is stated that the designer was in touch with Amruta for 16 months since 2021 and had met her on several occasions. Aniksha had allegedly asked Amruta if Devendra Fadnavis would wear her designer clothes at public events, which he agreed to wear.

As per the FIR, when Aniksha visited the official residence of Devendra Fadnavis, she allegedly provided certain names of the bookies to Fadnavis and also offered Rs. 1 crore for freeing her father in another criminal case registered against him.

Fadnavis also alleged that Aniksha sent several videos, clips, and audio from different numbers and tried to threaten and conspire against her.

Aniksha has been booked 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.

The order was passed by the Additional Judge at the Sessions Court after a hearing took place today afternoon.

Chief Public Prosecutor Jaisingh Desai argued that the accused wanted to use the husband of the complainant who is a public servant. He pointed out that clips and videos were found during the investigation which was used for blackmailing and demanding 10 crores.

He further argued that police custody was required since the police wanted to find out who are the other political persons connected to the case and that the police has been trying to collect information from another source also.

Anishka’s lawyer contended that the FIR was backdated and she was not served under Section 41A of the Code of Criminal Procedure. She submitted that Anishka is a law student and a lady and questioned if she is being arrested only because cases are pending against her father.

Case Title: State of Maharashtra vs Aniksha Jaisinghani