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In July last year, Sukhvinder Kaur, popularly known as Radhe Maa, made it to national headlines when she was named an accused in a dowry case.
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Kaur, who moved around with a trishul in one hand — which eventually landed her in additional trouble — and a rose in the other, was named an accused in a First Information Report filed at Kandivali police station after a woman complained that the godwoman had incited her parents-in-law to harass her for dowry.
Almost a year after being chased by journalists across the city, the self-styled godwoman is now not on the list of accused chargesheeted by the police.
Kaur, who resided in a bungalow in Borivli where she had been given an entire floor by her disciple and supporter Sanjeev Gupta, was named an accused in a case filed by Nikki Gupta against her chartered accountant husband Nakul Gupta and his parents.
Nikki Gupta accused her estranged husband and his parents of demanding Rs 25 lakh from her family prior to her wedding in 2012.
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Her complaint claimed that Kaur instigated Nakul Gupta to demand dowry from her. Arguing in court during a hearing in an anticipatory bail plea filed by the accused, her lawyer Sunny Waskar had argued, “Kaur is also listed as the family’s decision-maker in the complaint. Radhe Maa may not be a member of the family but she is the decision-maker. She is acting as a mother of the family.”
Nikki was allegedly forced to do “menial jobs” when she stayed with her parents-in-law at their Borivali West home named Radhe Maa Bhavan.
“She was beaten if she did not wash clothes properly. On various occasions, when she sought Radhe Maa’s darshan, she was humiliated by Nakul Gupta’s maternal uncle and Radhe Maa. They instigated Nakul Gupta to assault and humiliate her,” the lawyer had said.
Following this, she approached the Kandivali police station where an FIR was registered against six persons including her husband, parents-in-law, three other relatives and Kaur. Kaur eventually retreated to her Borivali bungalow, refusing to talk to anyone.
She maintained that photographs of her in western outfits had been circulated to malign her. Eventually in October 2015, the Bombay High Court granted her anticipatory bail.
Nikki’s brother Raunak Chaudhari said, “We are not happy with police investigation and will approach the Bombay High Court to ask for another agency to probe the matter. The local police did not even recover the Rs 1.25 crore taken from the complainant. We will not give up.”
He added, “A local court is yet to pass an order in connection with a defamation case they filed against Kaur for some statements they made against the complainant.”
Nikki’s lawyer Kshitij Mehta said, “She is an influential person who has connections with the police. We had to work hard to get an FIR registered against her. We will not let go and decide on the future course once we get the chargesheet.”
Kaur, meanwhile, landed in trouble once again when an activist got an FIR registered against her for carrying a trishul on board a plane.
An officer from airport police station said that no chargesheet had been filed in the case.
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