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Wife alleges harassment by former top cop

india Updated: Jan 09, 2007 14:23 IST
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A CASE is to be registered against former ADGP Rajendra Chaturvedi on Tuesday on the complaint of his wife Dipannita Chaturvedi who has alleged that she has been subject to domestic violence by her husband from the last 40 years.

Bhopal SP Anant Kumar Singh told the Hindustan Times that he has received a complaint in the matter and marked it to the SHO of the Shyamla Hills police station for initiating legal action.

“A case would be definitely registered against him (Rajendra Chaturvedi) based on the complaint by his wife’’, Singh said. He added that the action would be formalised on Tuesday.

DGP A R Pawar, who was approached by the district unit of the Mahila Congress on this issue, also told the Hindustan Times that he has directed officials to take suitable action.

Meanwhile, a family situation has come into play in the matter. The former ADGP’s two sons have completely sided with him against their mother. Talking to the Hindustan Times over telephone from Ranchi and Mumbai respectively, Arun Vithi and Swarup Chaturvedi said that some misguided elements were trying to create rift in the family and seemed to be succeeding. As for the motive behind their mother’s action, the sons refused to make any comment.

Rajendra Chaturvedi’s stand on the row is that “he wanted to keep the family together and not break it”. The former ADGP refused to comment any further on the allegations made by his wife.

Earlier in the day, talking to mediapersons, district Mahila Congress president Dr Shashi Rajput demanded Rajendra Chaturvedi’s arrest under the Domestic Violence Act 2006. She said a Mahila Congress delegation had met DGP A R Pawar and submitted a five-point demand including share for Dipannita in all movable and immovable assets of her husband and 50 per cent share in the retired officer’s pension as maintenance allowance, that Rajendra Chaturvedi should not be given any police patronage and Dipannita be provided police security.

Later, Dipannita Chaturvedi, supported by the Mahila Congress activists, went to the TT Nagar police station to lodge another formal complaint in the matter. She also met the SP, Bhopal. It was on the basis of this complaint that the SP has directed legal action.

Dipannita Chaturvedi who was also present in the press conference, alleged that she has been subjected to physical and mental torture by her husband for the last 40 years, but kept quiet all these years thinking of her children and that things would somehow get better. But the matter worsened in the last 12 years when the husband stopped taking care of her maintenance, as he spent all his money on other women and their children, she alleged.

Dipannita alleged that recently her husband sold off a property in her name in Bhopal by abusing the power of attorney given by her father and mortgaged another property in her name in New Delhi, leaving her economically high and dry. She was sustaining herself on the rent from this Delhi property and the tenant moved out recently following the mortgaging. This economic constraint has forced her to bring her case into open, she said.