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Andheri raid: State produces remand order against sisters

mumbai Updated: Jun 14, 2012 01:21 IST
HT Correspondent

The state government on Wednesday produced before the Bombay high court the magistrate's order remanding two sisters - detained during a raid by the Mumbai police's Social Service Branch at an Andheri restaurant - to a remand home in Chembur on alleged prostitution charges.

The raid, led by assistant commissioner of police Vasant Dhoble, was conducted at a birthday party at an Andheri restaurant on June 5.

The two sisters were among 11 women picked up from the party, which the police claimed was a front for prostitution.

The two then moved court, seeking Rs one crore each as compensation for wrongful detention and defamation.

The court had on Tuesday directed the state to produce the order remanding the two sisters to the reform home.

The petitioners' lawyer, Anand Jondhale, had argued that the magistrate had refused to grant them bail or entertain their application seeking release from the remand home.

He also said that there was no written order of the magistrate remanding the petitioners to the shelter in Chembur, in response to which the court called for a copy of the order.

The court said that the petitioners should approach the appropriate authority for release from the remand home.

It further said the petitioners would have to amend the petition and challenge the remand order passed by the magistrate for securing any orders from the high court.

Additional public prosecutor Usha Kejriwal had submitted that the sisters have not been arrested in the case and have only been remanded to Mahila Sudhar Gruha in chembur.

Kejriwal also argued that the party was a front for prostitution and that messages were being circulated saying that 11 girls were available at the venue for those interested.

In the petition, the sisters had contended that they had gone to Masala Curry restaurant in Andheri for a family friend's birthday party.

They said that the party was raided at around 6.30 pm and that police had knocked down food plates, glasses and soft drinks meant for guests. They argued that they hailed from a reputable family and the incident had shocked their aged parents.

The petition further said that the petitioners' children were being deprived of their mothers' company, causing trauma.

Jondhale said they would file an affidavit by June 15.

The case has been adjourned till June 18.