Dissatisfied with police,HC asks CID to probe dowry torture case

After going through the BPC report,Justice Sanjib Banerjee said the police did not investigate into the FIR.

Written by Express News Service | Kolkata | Published:November 19, 2013 2:11 am

Pulling up Barrackpore Police Commissonerate (BPC),Calcutta High Court today directed CID to investigate into an FIR which alleges that a husband continuously tortured his wife for money.

After going through the BPC report,Justice Sanjib Banerjee said the police did not investigate into the FIR. He pointed out that there might be a nexus between the local police station and the husband’s family. Under the circumstances,he said the CID should investigate into the case and file a report within ten weeks.

Antara Chaudhury,a resident of Naihati,got married in November 2011 when she was still a college student with Sanjay Seal who was working in a shipping company.

According to the petition,Sanjay took Rs 4 lakh in cash,ornaments worth Rs 7 lakh,and a motorcycle,besides other material,as dowry.

After the marriage,the petition reads,Seal family demanded Rs 7 lakh so Sanjay could complete a special course in shipping field in the United Kingdom. Antara was regularly both physically and mentally tortured for money. Antara’s father,Ashish Chaudhury,having paid the dowry amount by selling his residential house at Naihati,had no way of arranging the additional sum of Rs7 lakh.

Soon after,Antara returned to her parents’ and her father lodged a complaint with the Bijpur police station against Sanjay and the Seal family. When the police did not take any action,he filed an FIR with the criminal court but there,too,the police remained silent.

It was then that Ashish filed a writ petition against the BPC for the police’s inaction.

Today,Justice Banerjee,after going through the BPC report following an order,expressed dissatisfaction and ordered the CID to investigate into the case.

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