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SC to hear Monica Bedis bail plea in forged passport case

The Supreme Court will hear the bail application of Monica Bedi, former Bollywood actress and the companion of underworld don Abu Salem, in connection with a forged passport case today.

New Delhi, May 17 : The Supreme Court will hear the bail application of Monica Bedi, former Bollywood actress and the companion of underworld don Abu Salem, in connection with a forged passport case today.

Bedi is facing trial in Bhopal in the forged passport case, registered against her by the Madhya Pradesh Police, for securing a passport on forged documents in the name of Fauzia.

The apex Bench headed by Chief Justice K G Balakrishnan had said that the court will hear Bedi's plea after getting report about the status of her trial.

The counsel for Madhya Pradesh informed the Bench that the trial was at an advanced stage and 35 out of 45 witnesses have been examined by the prosecution.

Senior advocate K T S Tulsi, appearing for Bedi, submitted that humanitarian ground be considered as she has lost 10 kgs of weight during her stay in the jail since she was brought from Lisbon in Portugal in November 2005.

Tulsi said since the maximum sentence for the offence was two years, she should be granted bail.

The senior advocate contended that the evidence against her was not sufficient as the handwriting expert has confirmed that the sign on the forged passport was not of hers.

Bedi has been charged with fraud, forgery and under different sections of the Passport Act.

She has already been sentenced to five years' imprison in another forged passport case.

Bedi had undergone two years prison term in Portugal for the same offence before being extradited.

Presently, Bedi is lodged in a Hyderabad jail where CBI had registered a case against her for possessing a passport on forged documents in the name of Sana Malik.

The Madhya Pradesh High Court had rejected Bedi's bail plea.

Bedi and Abu Salem were both extradited from Portugal on November 11, 2005.

ANI

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