A Delhi court has dismissed the anticipatory bail application of a woman who was allegedly in an extra-marital relationship with restaurateur Pankaj Mehra, accused of shooting dead his wife last month. The Delhi Police had served a notice to the woman a few days ago, asking her to join the investigation, following which she sought protection, through her bail plea, in the event of her arrest.
While hearing the anticipatory bail application, the court pointed out that unless there is a grave circumstance against a woman, protection should be given till the applicant is ready. However, in this case, the court said that protection cannot be given as there is an evidence of extra-marital affair, which may be one of the alleged causes for the “commission of murder”.
“There could be a possibility of conspiracy or involvement in the crime. Moreover, certain unresolved aspects investigated are yet to be unfolded, therefore in such circumstances, I find that extraordinary relief of anticipatory bail cannot be granted,” said the Additional Sessions Judge Shailendra Malik.
Mehra had been arrested by police for allegedly murdering his wife in front of their two-year-old son, in northwest Delhi’s Shalimar Bagh. He initially tried to mislead investigators by alleging that a moneylender, from whom he had taken a loan of around Rs 40 lakh, could be behind the incident. However, during investigation, police reached a conclusion that Pankaj had an extra-marital relationship, and allegedly wanted to get rid of his wife.
During the argument of the woman’s bail plea, the public prosecutor submitted that unless she joins the investigation, she cannot be given any protection as there are many unresolved aspects, such as the conspiracy to commit murder, which need to be probed.
The victim’s lawyer, Mahavir Sharma, also submitted to the court that the woman was living on rent in Mukhram Park Extension in Tilak Nagar area, but after investigation, it came to light that Mehra had taken the place on rent in his name.
Sharma said that the victim had been staying at her mother’s house for the last 11 months, and moved back in with her husband only recently, after their family intervened. “The victim wanted to lodge a complaint with the police, but she did not go ahead with it after both families intervened,” he said. The victim and the accused got married 10 years ago. Pankaj, who runs a restaurant, used to run a cloth business with his family before he got married.
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