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HindustanTimes Sat,20 Dec 2014

Husband denies forcing Tara Shahdeo to convert

B Vijay Murty, Hindustan Times  Ranchi, August 28, 2014
First Published: 21:01 IST(28/8/2014) | Last Updated: 17:31 IST(25/9/2014)

‘Love jihad’ accused Ranjit Kohli alias Raqibul Hassan Khan, 37, has during his interrogation with the Jharkhand police denied that he forced his wife, ace shooter Tara Sahdeo to convert her religion, but did confess that they had a nikah ceremony two days after their Hindu wedding.
 
“I have not officially converted to Islam. All my official documents carry my name as Ranjit Singh Kohli,” he told the police.
 
The Jharkhand high court suspended its registrar general for allegedly convincing Sahdeo to marry Kohli.
 
Sahdeo had accused Kohli of duping her into marriage by concealing his religious affiliation and then tried coercing her to embrace Islam. She also claimed that he mentally and physically tortured her.
 
According to Sahdeo, Mustaq Ahmed, the registrar, was present in the nikah ceremony and used to visit Kohli often. However, she had not named him in her complaint.

On the other hand, Kohli told the police that he and Sahdeo had an argument but it got sorted out. A couple of days later, he left to Delhi and was shocked to learn that his wife was levelling accusations against him.
 
The police have said that they are yet to come across evidence that Kohli changed his name to Raqibul and they have found no links connecting him to known terror groups or to flesh trade racketeers. The issue has already gained political mileage, with the Union home ministry asking the state to submit a report into the purported case of love jihad.

Judicial custody

Kohli and his mother Kausal Rani were produced before the court of chief judicial magistrate (CJM), Ranchi, on Thursday, which sent them into 14 days judicial custody. Kohli claimed the case solely related to family affairs connected with Section 498 A and urged the court to prosecute him under only the said section.


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