A senior bureaucrat, who was arrested for allegedly harassing his wife for dowry, was, in the words of the judge, granted a “lifeline” after the court rejected his wife’s plea to cancel his bail on the ground that he would harass her. The court dismissed the petition, noting that the man, although having been disregarded as a cheat, had another wife, who is dependent on him for maintenance.
Although the plea was rejected, the court of Additional Sessions Judge Kamini Lau imposed several restrictions on the bureaucrat, including asking him to surrender his passport, not seek exemption and that he would refrain from contacting any of the witnesses, including his former wife. The court let off the bureaucrat with a warning that violation of any of this could lead to cancellation of his bail.
“The accused shall not contact any of the witnesses in the case, including his ex-wife, and any attempt to create pressure on any of the witnesses shall be immediately reported to the police, who shall register a case under appropriate provisions under intimation to the trial court, which shall be a ground for cancellation of bail. Needless to say, it is time that the accused realises that this opportunity being given to him by this court is in the nature of a ‘life-line’ for him,” the court said.
“In case if despite this opportunity it is found that there is no change in the state of affairs, then under no circumstances will the court hesitate for a moment to cancel the liberty given to the accused,” the court said. The bureaucrat’s ex-wife, his third wife, filed a plea before the court seeking cancellation of his bail in a harassment and cheating case which she had filed earlier.
The woman had alleged that the accused had misrepresented his age and marital status on the matrimonial site through which the two met in 2008 before the two got married the same year. She alleged that her family had given the accused gifts and cash which his family took away.