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Woman seeks HC permission to commit suicide

india Updated: Jan 13, 2007 01:27 IST
Urvi Jappi

An aggrieved lady has approached the Bombay High Court seeking permission to commit suicide alleging harassment by the police. In a hand written letter sent to the Chief Justice of the Bombay High Court, the lady has alleged that she and her family are being harassed by Wagle Estate police station (Thane) after falsely booking her in a cheating case.

Taking suo moto cognizance of the letter, the HC on Friday directed Chief Judicial Magistrate of Thane to contact the lady or any of her family member and inform them that the court is looking into their grievance.

The Acting Chief Justice sent the letter to the division bench of Justice Ranjana Desai and Justice AV Mohta after converting it into a suo moto writ petition.

The bench while taking a serious note of the letter directed the Assistant Public Prosecutor Aruna Pai to contact the Wagle Estate police station and get the case details.

During the hearing without disclosing the name of the lady, Justice Desai passed the letter to Pai and asked her to read just the last line from the two-page letter.

Pai read out that the last line of the letter which said, “Or else allow me and my family to commit suicide.”

The letter alleges that the police has lodged a false case against her and are harassing her by dragging to the police station for unnecessary reasons.

According to sources, a cheating case was registered against the lady in last July. She was booked under sections 420 (cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property), 406 (breach of trust) and 34 (common intention) of the Indian Penal Code. She also been booked under sections of the Information Technology Act for allegedly hacking.

After the registering of the offence, a report has also been filed in a metropolitan court in Thane.

While asking the Chief Judicial Magistrate of Thane to contact her, the bench has asked the lady or her family member to remain present in the court on January 15.

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