A Mumbai court convicted 10 men including sharp-shooters who were arrested in connection with an underworld murder plot to kill filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt. The spine chilling plot came to light when the police started arresting members of the Ravi Pujari gang in 2014. The charge sheet was prepared and they were handed over to the Indian courts of justice.
The police claimed that the attack was planned to spread terror in the Hindi film industry after one of the absconding accused was refused overseas distribution rights of a film. The men were, however, arrested before the plan could be executed. The 10 men were sentenced to a five-year jail term after they had been found guilty under various charges, including criminal conspiracy and abetment to crime punishable with life imprisonment or death, and relevant sections of the Arms Act.
According to the prosecution, led by Special Public Prosecutor Pradeep Gharat, the men were arrested when they were preparing to attack Bhatt at his Khar office.
Mahesh Bhatt hasn't officially come out with a statement after the conviction was announced.