Doc couple denied bail,lawyer says back in town

A city court on Tuesday denied anticipatory bail to a doctor couple accused of confining and torturing their 13-year-old domestic help.

Written by Shalini Narayan | New Delhi | Published: April 4, 2012 3:17:04 am

A city court on Tuesday denied anticipatory bail to a doctor couple accused of confining and torturing their 13-year-old domestic help.

Sanjay and Sumita Verma,from whose Dwarka house the girl was rescued on Thursday,have still not returned to the country,police said.

The Delhi Police claimed that the FRRO has not informed them about the couple’s return to the country. But the Vermas’ counsel Shailendra Bhardwaj said the couple returned to India on Friday,a day after the girl was rescued.

District Judge I S Mehta rejected the bail plea stating that “confining a minor maid servant in a flat without food and locking the flat from outside is inhuman conduct”.

The bail application had refuted all charges levelled against the Vermas in the FIR,registered on the statement of the girl.

To the prosecution’s observation that the Vermas had employed a minor as maid,Bhardwaj said the “maid had been hired through a placement agency in Punjabi Bagh in October 2011. The applicants were informed that the said maid was more than 18 years of age. At the time of hiring,the maid also confirmed that she was born in October 1993”.

Bhardwaj refuted the charge of ill-treatment of the girl and said the couple also had another part-time maid who used to come daily.

The counsel denied that there were CCTV cameras in house. “The phone and the intercom were available to the maid who could have easily contacted the police had she wanted to do so,” the counsel argued.

The court,however,agreed with the prosecution that confining a minor to a flat without food is inhuman and dismissed the bail plea. It also noted that police require the couple for custodial interrogation,and hence protection from arrest cannot be granted.

Bhardwaj later told Newsline: “The couple is very much in India. They came back to Delhi on Friday,a day after the incident.”

However,DCP (Southwest) A K Ojha said: “The FRRO authority has not informed us of the couple yet. We informed them immediately after the incident. And if they are indeed in India,why weren’t they produced before the court?”

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