The Delhi Police may have had a lookout notice issued against the doctor couple accused of locking up their minor maid at home and leaving for Thailand on holiday, but their lawyer claimed on Tuesday that they are back in India.
On a day a local court rejected the anticipatory bail plea of Dr Sanjay and Sumita Verma, giving them no choice but to surrender or appeal in a higher court, their counsel, Shailendra Bhardwaj, said, “They have been in India since Friday but I don’t know which city. We are communicating through email and discussing the possibility of moving the high court for anticipatory bail. Otherwise, they will surrender.”
The police said they had no information on the couple’s whereabouts. “We had told the immigration department to keep a check on their return. We are still waiting to hear from them,” said a senior officer.
The Vermas and their 11-year-old daughter were expected back on Saturday but were a no-show at the airport. They had left for Thailand on March 25, allegedly locking up their 13-year-old help in their Dwarka flat with little or no food. The girl was rescued on March 29. She told the police the couple starved and beat her regularly and she was confined to the house.
But Bhardwaj said, “She was treated like a child and given good food, good clothes and a separate bathroom. She was hired to look after the couple’s daughter.”
The Vermas face charges under several laws, one of which is non-bailable, and if convicted, could be jailed for a maximum seven-year term.