Shilpa's Ad Case: Fazl-ur-Rehman in Police Custody

Shilpa's Ad Case: Fazl-ur-Rehman in Police Custody
A local court has sent Fazl-ur-Rehamn, accused in a 2003 extortion case, where he had threatned owner of a Sarees brand allegedly on behalf of actor Shipla Shetty's parents, to 11-day police remand.

Rehman, who was brought on a transfer warrant from Delhi yesteray, was prodeuced before the Chief Judicial Megistrate J R Padhvi, who sent him to 11-day police remand.

The police had sought remand of Rehman to interrogate him and get information on who all were involved with him in making extrotion calls to one Shivnarayan Agarwal, owner of city-based Prafful Sarees here.

They also wanted to know on whose behalf Rehman was making extortion calls to Agarwal demanding money.

Agarwal, in 2003 had filed a complaint against Shilpa's parents, Surendra and Sunanda Shetty, after he started receiving threatning calls from Rehman and his aides asking him to pay money to Shilpa.

According to police, Agarwal has hired Shilpa to endorse their brand of sarees in 2001-02 and had signed a contract for appearing in an advertisement.

But after the contract was over in 2003, the advertisement featuring Shilpa was broadcast on television, to which her mother objected and asked Agarwal to pay additional money as he had violated the contract.

Agrawal refused to pay the additional money demanded by Shilpa's parents. A few days later Agrawal started receiving phone calls from Rehman and his aide Ashraf, asking him to pay money to Shilpa's parents.

Following the threat calls, Agrawal registered an FIR at the Umra police station here alleging that Shilpa and her parents have hired Rehman to extort money from him.

Based on the complaint, local court has ordered city police to get custody of Rehman who was lodged in Tihar jail. Following court orders Rehman's custody was sought and was brought on a transfer warrant here yesterday.

Police sources said that Rehman is wanted in 24 cases including extortion, kidnapping and murder across the country.

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