In the course of this case, the government had submitted that Leena and her partner had over 20 criminal cases ending against them.

Actor Leenas plea for police protection dismissed by HC she can hire private guards instead
news Crime Friday, December 21, 2018 - 12:37

On Thursday, the Kerala HC dismissed a petition by actor Leena Mariya Paul requesting police protection. On December 15, two unidentified bikers had shot at a salon run by Leena at Panampilly Nagar in Kochi at around 3.45 PM. Her plea was dismissed by the HC after the government stated that it had no objection to Leena hiring private armed guards. 

A division bench comprising P R Ramachandra Menon and N Anil Kumar heard the petition. While Leena’s lawyer, senior advocate CC Thomas argued that the two policemen who had been assigned to patrol the area around Leena’s nail salon, Nail Artistry, where the incident took place, had disallowed Leena from hiring her own private armed guards, and argued if that if Leena was not being allowed permission to hire her own guards, then the government should provide her protection instead.

The government in turn submitted that it had no objection to Leena hiring private guards, which led the HC to dispose off the petition. 

In the course of this case before the HC, the government mentioned that Leena and her partner had several pending criminal cases against them, regarding various dubious monetary transactions. 

Back in June 2015, Leena and her partner Shekhar Chandrashekhar were arrested by the Economic Offenses Wing. Leena, who had acted in movies like John Abraham’s Madras Cafe and Mohanlal’s Red Chillies, was accused of running a fraud investment firm that promised investors hugely multiplied returns. The arrest was made on the basis of numerous complaints to the Mumbai Crime Branch by investors who had been cheated of their money.

In 2013, she and her then-partner Balaji had been arrested from Delhi in a joint operation by the Delhi and Chennai police. The duo were accused of cheating a private bank in Chennai of Rs 19 crore.

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