HC refuses to grant relief to tarot card reader in cheating,extortion case

BOMBAY High Court Wednesday said it was not inclined to grant relief to Shivani Ahluwalia alias Hita (53),a tarot card reader,who had sought quashing of an FIR against her,accusing her of cheating actor-director Dheeraj Kumar’s wife and extortion to the tune of Rs 2 crore.

Written by MAYURA JANWALKAR | Mumbai | Published: April 11, 2013 3:52 am

BOMBAY High Court Wednesday said it was not inclined to grant relief to Shivani Ahluwalia alias Hita (53),a tarot card reader,who had sought quashing of an FIR against her,accusing her of cheating actor-director Dheeraj Kumar’s wife and extortion to the tune of Rs 2 crore.

Kumar’s wife Zuby Kocchar had lodged a complaint against Lokhandwala resident Hita (53) in 2011. Kocchar had alleged that she got acquainted with Hita through Vasai-based tantrik Dhansukhlal Jain alias Rahuleshwaranand,whom she had consulted for spiritual advice 10 years ago.

Kocchar had stated that she paid Rs 44 lakh to Rahuleshwaranand and Rs 1.89 crore to Hita. Kocchar said Hita continued to extort money from her till 2008 and had bought a flat and other luxurious items with her money.

Hita,however,contended that Kocchar had paid her only Rs 1.5 lakh for her services in the form of spiritual guidance.

Hita’s lawyer J Udaipuri told the court that his client has been made to face the consequences of Kocchar’s “divine displeasure”. He said Hita had been arrested in July 2011 and was released on bail four days later. He said police continue to harass her alleging that she had siphoned off money.

Hita contended that police had taken stock of their income tax returns and strapped her family finances. She stated that as a result,her husband and daughter were compelled to file anticipatory bail applications.

Udaipuri argued that since Kocchar had not found any spiritual gratification,she cannot turn around after 10 years and accuse his client of cheating and extortion. “I believe in the esoteric. These are issues of faith,” he said.

However,Justices P V Hardas and A H Joshi said they were not inclined to grant relief to Hita as the police were likely to file the chargesheet in the case within a month. Hita then withdrew the petition.

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