Mahesh Manjrekar gets Rs 35-crore extortion call, man arrested from Ratnagiri

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Mahesh Manjreka [Image: Bollywood Hungama]
Mahesh Manjreka [Image: Bollywood Hungama]

New Delhi : A 34-year-old man hailing from Maharashtra's Ratnagiri has been held by the police for allegedly making an extortion call to actor Mahesh Manjrekar. 

The person demanded a ransom of Rs 35 crore from Manjrekar. Earlier, police complaint was registered and then transferred to the Anti-Extortion Cell while the investigation is still on. 

According to news agency PTI, Manjrekar filed a complaint at Dadar police station two days ago. "As the case is sensitive and extortion bid is involved, the offense has been transferred to the Anti- Extortion Cell for investigation," he said.

The National Award-winning filmmaker is credited with directing critically-acclaimed movies like 'Vaastav: The Reality', 'Astitva' and 'Viruddh'. He has also acted in several films with some Bollywood A-listers.

After the untimely death of Sushant Singh Rajput, singer Sonu Nigam had brought the name of Abu Salem back in news, during his verbal war with Divya Kmar  Khosla. In his video attacking Bhushan Kumar and Divya Kumar, Sonu Nigam had said, "Do you even remember the times you would come to my house requesting me to record an album for you? ‘Bhai, record Deewana for me. Introduce me to Smita Thackeray and Bal Thackeray. Save me from Abu Salem’. Don’t mess with me, I am warning you.” 

(With PTI inputs)