The chargesheet in the Geetanjali ‘murder’ case before the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court here has claimed that victim’s husband Ravneet Garg, a suspended judge, had taken a huge dowry and continued to harass her for more.
The CBI has filed a chargesheet for dowry death, cruelty to woman and criminal conspiracy against Garg and has also named his father, retired sessions judge KK Garg, and mother Rachna Garg. The judge was also booked under the Arms Act. The parents have filed an anticipatory bail application and there is stay on their arrest at present.
According to the CBI, which took over the case on August 6, 2013, Garg took Rs 51 lakh in cash, 101 gold coins, household items and a Skoda Laura car worth Rs16 lakh as dowry when the two were married in 2007. In 2008, the judge also took a Skoda Superb car worth Rs 21.6 lakh when his younger brother got married.
“The investigation also revealed that the accused pressurised Geetanjali to have a son and forced her to undergo a sex determination test due to which she was under constant mental stress,” said the CBI. Geetanjali gave birth to two daughters: Aasma in 2008 and Aadiva in 2010.
In 2011, Garg and his parents made Geetanjali’s parents pay ₹16.3 lakh for a plot in Omaxe City in Sonepat, in the name of Monika Jain, their distant relative. On July 8, 2013, nine days before Geetanjali’s death, Garg transferred the plot in his name. On being questioned by the Punjab and Haryana high court, he claimed that he couldn’t pay Monika because the plot became controversial after his wife’s death.
The CBI said Geetanjali was being harassed for not giving ₹50 lakh for buying a house in Panchkula’s Sector 25. “Besides this, the accused would regularly demand money from his in-laws through Geetanjali to meet his daily household expenses. This is apparent from his unusually high savings as compared to his income,” said the CBI.
The CBI added that when Garg was posted to Gurgaon in May 2013, he pressurised his wife to bring money and got Rs 2.2 lakh for the admission of their daughters to school. Geetanjali had shared all this with her sister Gargi Jindal a few days before her death.
Geetanjali’s father, Om Prakash Aggarwal, alleged that they were never allowed to meet their granddaughters. The CBI told the court that Garg’s responses during the polygraph examination were deceptive on questions regarding his involvement in Geetanjali’s death, demand of dowry, mental torture for dowry, suicide note left by her and its destruction.