Thursday, October 17, 2002 11:08 IST
A city magistrate on Monday issued non-bailable warrant against film actress Sonali
Bendre as she failed to appear before the court for framing of charges against her in a
criminal case of alleged obscenity.
The warrant was issued by additional chief
metropolitan magistrate Ravindra Gate who took serious note of the lapse on the part of the
actress.Sonali and three others have been booked in a case of alleged obscenity. The
actress had allegedly posed semi-nude on the cover page of magazine Showtime in March
1998.She was arrested along with photographer Amit Ashar and dress designer Ashley
Rebello by social services branch of city police on March 27, 2001. Another accused in this
case is the publisher of the magazine, Neelkanth Giri.
Except Bendre, all the
accused were present in the court on Monday. The actress has already secured permanent
exemption from appearance before the court. However, she had to appear on Monday for
framing of charges.Her lawyers, Dharmendra Rohra and Ashok Shahani urged for a stay on
the warrant issued by the court against Bendre.However, the court rejected their
plea.Bendre`s lawyers would now present her before the court and get the warrant
cancelled.The court has adjourned the matter to January 13.