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Meena Jutla is the sister of Manpreet Sharma and partner of David Metcalfe. Arriving in the village in September 2020, she currently is a nurse at the Abbott Lane Surgery.

Biography

Meena first appeared in September 2020 as a customer of The Hide Cafe, where she flirted with Billy Fletcher, much to Billy's ex Dawn Taylors displeasure. Meena signs up to Billy's personal training classes and after Dawn catches the pair kissing an argument ensures and Dawn hits Meena with a pepper shaker. Rishi Sharma witnesses this altercation and rushes over to help, he is followed by Manpreet Sharma who is shocked to see her sister in the village and Manpreet immediately tells Meena to leave. When Meena turns up at Holdgate Farm, Manpreet expresses shock at how Meena was able to find her, Manpreet is further disgusted by Meena when she reveals that she called the police on Dawn. When Tracy Metcalfe confronts Meena about not paying her bill for her stay at the B&B, she says that she has some issues getting the money, Rishi overhears and settles the bill for Meena, Tracy also warns Meena not to interfere with Dawn and Billy.

After this, Rishi invites Meena to come home with him, at home Rishi asks Meena why Manpreet cut her out of her life, before Meena can answer, Manpreet comes on the scene and reveals that Meena slept with her husband Dennis, Meena says that Manpreet's first husband was always cheating on her so she did this so Manpreet would realise his true colours, however the breakup started Manpreet's shopping addiction which got her into serious debt. Meena says that she hasn't always had it easy either, as when her ex-husband lost his job she started to work at the local surgery, however her ex-husband thought this meant Meena didn't have faith that he would get another job, so he left her. Meena confided in Rishi that she had no house, no husband and no job, she revealed that she quit her previous job as a nurse when a member of staff made numerous complaints about her for inappropriate behaviour, she told Rishi not to tell Manpreet.

When Rishi found out that the local surgery needed a nurse, he contacted Dr Liam Cavanagh to meet Meena at The Woolpack to see was she suitable for the position. Manpreet is shocked that her sister could be working alongside her and gets Rishi to reveal to her about why Meena left her previous job. Meena goes to the cafe to be interviewed by Liam and Manpreet, however, the interview ends prematurely as Manpreet makes snide comments to Meena throughout. When Manpreet returns home, she finds Meena trying to gather sympathy from Rishi, Manpreet tells Meena to stay away from her husband and home. While at David's Shop, Meena gets chatting to David Metcalfe who encourages her to be the bigger person and contact Manpreet to apologise, Manpreet comes down to the shop for a coffee with Meena, just as the sisters seem to be putting their differences aside, David interjects praising Meena for following his advice and be the bigger person, this causes Manpreet to storm out appalled that Meena has been trying to get the villagers to turn against her.

Meena attempts a public apology to Manpreet by standing on a table outside the Woolpack, getting Rishi to film her and gathering a crowd of Manpreet, Liam, Nicola King and Charity Dingle. During her apology Meena admits her affair with Dennis wasn't a one time thing, Manpreet doesn't believe that Meena's apology is sincere and berates her in front of the crowd. Liam tells Meena that she has secured the job in surgery if she wants it, she accepts. Rishi tells Manpreet that if Meena's video were to go viral it would paint her in a bad light, he also says that if Meena hadn't cheated with Dennis that the chain of events leading to Rishi and Manpreet's marriage never would have happened, Manpreet then agrees to let go of the past and forgives Meena and asks her to move in.

In October 2020 Meena receives a bouquet of flowers with a note attached that identifies the sender as Liam, however it was actually Gabby Thomas who sent the flowers with the intention of splitting Liam and Leyla Harding up. In the café Gabby and Meena get talking and Gabby paints Liam to be a womaniser and says that she over heard him say he really liked Meena. Later in the café Meena misinterpretes Liam's chitchat for flirting and confronts him about sending her flowers, which he denies doing, however when Leyla walks in, she ends things with Liam. Liam approaches Meena in the village to assure her that he did not send the flowers, when she asked who does he think sent them, he reveals to her that Gabby isn't very supportive of he and Leylas relationship as shortly before he got with Leyla he was with Gabbys mother so that he thinks Gabby sent the flowers. At the Hide Meena and Liam approach Leyla and convince her that Liam did not send Meena flowers.

In November 2020 Meena arranges to go on a date with David. However when Victoria Sugden applaudes David for dating again after he and his sons ordeal with Maya Stepney , David thinks that it's not time to date again as he doesn't know who he can trust, so he cancels he and Meena's date by text. When Manpreet mentions that she saw Victoria go into David's , Meena is outraged as earlier David hid from her. Meena storms round and finds David and Victoria looking for one of Victoria's sons toys, Meena misinterpretes the situation and thinks that Victoria and David are now together. Later at the café David explains to Meena that after Maya he finds it hard to trust new love interests, Meena forgives him.

In December 2020 Manpreet tells David how immature and selfish Meena is, therefore David dumps Meena. Meena tries to get revenge on Manpreet, as before Rishi goes out shopping for Christmas presents Meena messes with his sat nav, takes his medication out of the car and takes Manpreet's phone. When Rishis car breaks down he is left alone for hours because his phone goes out of charge however Meena uses the situation to her advantage as when Manpreet is worried about Rishis whereabouts Meena offers to drive around looking, Meena knows where he is due to her meddling with his sat nav so when she finds him she is portrayed as a hero. She encourages Manpreet to reward her by telling David that Manpreet didn't mean what she said about Meena, Manpreet does this and after a heart to heart Meena and David are back on track and Meena spends Christmas with David.

In March 2021 Meena becomes fixated on the notion that Manpreet is still in love with and should be with her ex, Charles Anderson, she tells Manpreet that if she doesn't follow her feelings she will regret it for the rest of her life.

In April 2021 Meena sees a chance to get Manpreet closer to the Anderson family when Charles' son Ethan asks Manpreet to find his mother through medical records, Manpreet objects as if it was revealed she abused her position like that she would be fired however Meena gets the number herself from a friend who works at a big hospital. Ethans mother arranges to meet him at a pub, he brings along Manpreet for support, however she doesn't show and Manpreet and Ethan arrive to Rishis birthday late. Manpreet later finds out that the person texting Ethan wasn't his mother and was Meena in attempt to get Manpreet closer to the Andersons, Meena pleads with Manpreet not to tell Charles, however Manpreet rushes off anyway and finds Charles but before she can tell him, he expresses his gratitude for getting the number to Ethans mother as it opened an opportunity for the father and son to talk about their past, but Ethan has decided he doesn't need his mother and deletes her number. Manpreet doesn't tell Charles that it was Meena texting Charles however she makes Meena get rid of the phone by throwing it in the river.

In June 2021 Meena still believed that Charles belonged with Manpreet and was enraged to hear that Charles was taking his relationship with his new girlfriend Andrea Tate to the next level by introducing him to her daughter and going on holiday together. Meena tried to slow down the couple's relationship by discussing with Andrea whether it was a good idea to introduce Millie to Charles yet, however Andrea proceeded to. Meena then took drastic action to stop the holiday by locking Millie and Andrea's dog Princess in their car, luring her into the car with a toy that Meena then put in her handbag. Later in the Woolpack Meena informed Charles that this was the second time a dog had came to harm because of Andrea, telling him about how Andrea ran over the Sharma family dog Tip and didn't tell anyone for weeks. Meena later puts Princesses toy into a tin of keepsakes, she takes out a newspaper clipping from the tin, the article is about a Nadine Butler who was found dead in her car in suspicious circumstances.

Later that month David's son Jacob returns to Emmerdale during his mother Leyla Hardings wedding to Liam. During the reception he proposes to Leanna Cavanagh who says no. As Jacob is in thousands of pounds worth of debt for the price of the ring, David offers to lend him the money to pay off the debt, to do this however David must cancel he and Meena's holiday to Lapland, starting Meena and Jacob off on the wrong foot. While up at The Hide Meena overhears Al Chapman telling Charles that the business has donated £100s to the Emmerdale Pride collection. Later that night Meena sneaks in and steals the collection tin. Fingers are pointed at Billy as he was the last member of staff up there that night and Jacob as had fought with Billy and unbeknownst to Meena had stole before.

The following month, ahead of her 18th birthday Leanna announced plans to go travelling. Manpreet offered Liam her old rucksack that she had lent to Meena. Meena realised this was the perfect opportunity to get rid of Jacob who was holding up David letting her move into Farrers Barn, Meena even offered to pay for Jacobs flights however this raised Jacobs suspicions that Meena had stole the pride collection tin. Manpreet didn't tell Meena that she was giving Leanna the rucksack, and when Meena realised Leanna had it she rushed straight round to Tenant House to retrieve it from her. She was relieved to find that Leanna hadn't opened it yet however Leanna refused to give it to her and emptied it's contents of the pride collection tin and her keepsake box. An argument ensures ending with Leanna going through the contents of the box (a lighter, a hair bobble, Princesses toy and the article about Nadine). Leanna reads the article aloud and questions Meena on who she thought was responsible for Nadines death, leading to Meena accidentally confessing that she "didn't mean" for Nadine to die. When Meena threatens Leanna, Leanna runs and Meena is in pursuit after Leanna through the graveyard. Meena finds Leanna injured at the bridge, she confesses to Leanna that she did kill Nadine and then she throws Leanna over the bridge and takes the engagement ring of Leannas corpse and wears it on a necklace.

A few weeks later Leannas funeral takes place, Liam stipulates that only he and Leyla are to attend however Meena finds her way into the church. During the ceremony Leannas ring falls off Meena's necklace and rolls over to beside Liams shoe. When Liam bursts out the church, Meena asks Charles could she have a few moments with Leanna, Meena takes back the ring without raising suspicion. Liam banned Jacob from attending the funeral but when the church was empty Leyla told Jacob to quickly go in and say goodbye to Leanna, Meena decides to stir up trouble by finding Liam and telling him that Jacob is in the church. That same month David finally lets Meena move in.

In August 2021 David and Victoria start to take turns in minding each others kids as they were both rejected from Hotten Hatchlings this leads to Victoria and David spending more time together which riles Meena. Meena wants to ruin David and Victoria's relationship, so when Victoria is upstairs with Harry, Meena sneaks into Keepers Cottage and takes Theo. As David, Victoria and Manpreet and distraught as they search the village for Theo, Meena carelessly walks in with Theo and berates Victoria for not keeping a close eye on him. Later Meena gushes to Manpreet over her heroic act of saving Theo who was at the bridge beside the water, she spies David carrying a bunch of flowers however her mood sours as he announces they are for Victoria as an apology for how he spoke to her.

Meena is enraged when she spots Victoria telling David that she loves him. Meena decides to scare Victoria by breaking in and stealing a crystal paperweight, a bra and family photos, she also throws and moves some items around. Meena fears being caught when Victoria arrives back home however she manages to escape when Victoria runs out and doesn't see who the burglar is. A worried Manpreet asks Meena to come to Ibiza with her as her daughter Aiesha has been in an accident out there and is in critical condition. At first Meena refuses as she want to stay to keep an eye on David and Victoria, Meena encourages David to come with her however he says he can't. Meena eventually agrees to go with Manpreet, but reveals to David that she has downloaded a tracker app on his phone to "be closer" to him.

Hobbies and Interests

While not an awful lot is known about Meena's hobbies and interests, some information has been revealed. She has an interest in shopping as the character has remarked that on her days off work she will go to the shops. Meena also has said she likes Ariana Grandes music and she also sang the song I Gotta Feeling by The Black Eyed Peas. At some stage Meena borrowed her sister Manpreet's backpack therefore implying she has been travelling. A lifelong dream of Meena's is to go to Lapland.

Relationships

Manpreet Sharma

The sisters always had a rocky relationship due to Manpreet's belief that Meena always got everything given to her while she had to work to get what she wanted. Their relationship became nonexistent when Manpreet found out Meena was sleeping with Dennis, Meena would claim she only did this to make Manpreet see Dennis was a cheat. When Meena arrived in Emmerdale she tried to reconcile with Manpreet and slowly they patched their relationship back up, however Manpreet still didn't completely trust Meena, warning Rishi and David of her behaviour.

David Metcalfe

Due to the nature of David's previous relationship he didn't trust Meena from the outset, which infuriated her, however he soon began to trust her. Meena often feels aggravated that she is David's second priority and that Theo and Jacob are his first, putting a strain on their relationship.

Residences

Address Duration
The Grange 25th September 2020 to 29th September 2020
Holdgate Farm 29th September 2020 to 14th July 2021
Farrers Barn 14th July 2021 to present

Quotes

"Anyone serving?" - first line, to Amy Wyatt.


"Ok, yes, I lied." - to Leanna Cavanagh before she pushes her to her death.

See also

Current characters
Eric Pollard | Kim Tate | Victoria Sugden | Zak Dingle | Sam Dingle | Mandy Dingle | Jamie Tate | Marlon Dingle | Paddy Dingle | Bernice Blackstock | Belle Dingle | Diane Sugden | Cain Dingle | Charity Dingle | Bob Hope | Rodney Blackstock | Nicola King | Rhona Goskirk | Gabby Thomas | Laurel Thomas | Chas Dingle | Pearl Ladderbanks | Aaron Dingle | Jimmy King | Noah Dingle | Sarah Sugden | Samson Dingle | David Metcalfe | Cathy Hope | Heath Hope | Arthur Thomas | Brenda Walker | Leyla Harding | Moira Dingle | Matty Barton | Angelica King | Jai Sharma | Priya Kotecha | Jacob Gallagher | Amy Wyatt | Elliot Windsor | Leo Goskirk | Amelia Spencer | Rishi Sharma | Dan Spencer | Kyle Winchester | Kerry Wyatt | Vanessa Woodfield | Archie Breckle | Harriet Finch | Liam Cavanagh | April Windsor | Amba Metcalfe | Tracy Metcalfe | Carl Holliday | Moses Dingle | Johnny Woodfield | Liv Flaherty | Dotty Thomas | Lydia Dingle | Isaac Dingle | Dawn Taylor | Ryan Stocks | Manpreet Sharma | Ellis Chapman | Billy Fletcher | Vinny Dingle | Bear Wolf | Will Taylor | Nate Robinson | Andrea Tate | Millie Tate | Lucas Taylor | Wendy Posner | Al Chapman | Eve Dingle | Theo Metcalfe | Harry Sugden | Meena Jutla |Mackenzie Boyd | Charles Anderson | Ethan Anderson | Frankie Robinson
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