THE Bombay High Court Monday remarked it was a “little strange” that the police insisted on the custody of Sukhvinder Kaur, popularly known as Radhe Maa, and not the in-laws of a woman who had filed a complaint of domestic violence and accused Kaur of instigating her in-laws.
“Appears little strange that you (police) insist on the custody of the applicant and not the in-laws with whom she was staying,” said Justice Revati Mohite Dere.
Nikki Gupta has accused her estranged husband Nakul Gupta and in-laws of domestic violence and registered an FIR under Section 498 A of IPC (cruelty by husband or his relative) against them. She has also alleged that she was assaulted and forced to do menial household tasks at her husband’s home, Radhe Maa Bhavan, in Borivali.
The HC, on August 14, had granted interim relief to Kaur in the form of protection from arrest for a fortnight.
However, Gupta through her lawyers has moved an intervention application opposing Kaur’s anticipatory bail plea.
Before Gupta’s lawyer initiated the arguments, another intervention application was taken up for hearing.
The application was of city-based Ramesh Joshi who said it was his right to expose Kaur’s “real face” and take off “her mask” of deception.
Citing the Indian Constitution and provisions of the Code of Criminal Procedure, Joshi declared he was there to support Nikki.
Justice Dere found no substance in his submissions and dismissed the application.
Then Gupta’s lawyer addressed the court and informed that she had given her in-laws Rs 1.25 crore in cash and jewellery at the time of her marriage which was not returned to her. Kaur, provoked the family to demand dowry, it was argued.
But Justice Dere pointed out that Kaur was not a relative of the Guptas’.
A domestic violence case can be filed against the husband or his relatives.
Gupta’s lawyer said the accused need not be blood relatives and any person meting out cruelty will fall under the category of relative.
Kaur’s lawyer said he had not been served a copy of the Gupta’s intervention application.
The next hearing in the case will be on October 5.