Indian American couple languish in jail over torture charge
A US court finds the bail agreement of a NRI couple, charged with torturing two Indonesian maids to be inadequate.india Updated: Jun 06, 2007 12:57 IST
The Indian American couple charged with enslaving and torturing two Indonesian maids remained in jail after a US court found that the bail agreement worked out by the prosecution and defence lawyers was inadequate.
US District court judge Thomas Platt told the prosecution and defence lawyers on Monday that he was not satisfied with the bail agreement and fixed the next hearing for Wednesday.
Earlier the judge had allowed 35-year-old Varsha Mahender Sabhnani and her husband Mahender Murlidhar Sabhnani, 51, to post a $3.5 million bail application under strict conditions including electronic monitoring, 24-hour surveillance and their confinement in their mansion except to meet attorneys, doctors and visit to temple.
The bail amount includes 2.5 million for Varsha who was accused of actually torturing the Indonesian women and one million for Mahender who was accused of allowing the torture to take place.
The judge had given the prosecution and defence teams until Friday to work out the details including surveillance procedure.
The surveillance procedure agreed by both defence and prosecution lawyers did not satisfy the judge when the parties presented the arrangement to him.
The judge wants the security to be further strengthened He also wants posting of the police officers outside mansion. The parties had agreed to put the security in the basement.
Under the conditions set, all expenses incurred by the state on the detention will be paid for by the couple.