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HC refuses interim bail to accused in cheating case

Bombay High Court

Mumbai: The Bombay High Court has refused to grant interim bail to a man accused of cheating people to the tune of Rs 65 lakh by taking money under the false promise of getting their children roles in movies.

Justice V L Achliya, in a June 5 ruling, declined to grant any interim relief to the man, Vilas Waghmare (38), and observed that allegations levelled against him are of serious nature and his custodial interrogation is necessary.

The HC, however, granted interim bail till June 10 to his wife Reshma (30), a co-accused. It posted Vilas and Reshma’s anticipatory bail pleas for hearing on June 10.

The couple had moved the HC after a sessions court rejected their anticipatory bail pleas on June 1.

Navi Mumbai Police had in January this year registered a case of cheating against the couple after a woman, Sangita Shete, alleged the duo had duped her.

According to Shete, she had given a cheque of Rs 8.70 lakh to Vilas as advance payment for getting her daughter a role in a movie. Vilas and Reshma had claimed to own a film production house.

Soon after Shete approached the police with her complaint, several others, too, came forward alleging even they had been cheated by the Waghmares. Police has said it suspects a sum of Rs 65 lakh is involved in the case.

“On due consideration of the allegations made in the complaint, I am of the view that there is absolutely no case for grant of interim bail to Vilas. The complainant has made serious allegations of cheating against accused Vilas Waghmare,” Justice Achliya said.

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