The sessions court on Friday granted anticipatory bail to a man who quit his job in Saudi Arabia and came to India to file for anticipatory bail in a harassment case filed by his wife.
Hussain Ali (32), a mechanic employed in Saudi Arabia, said that after he married Ayisha in 2002, she often squabbled with his parents over trivial issues. In October 2008, she left Ali’s house in Jogeshwari and went to live with her parents.
“Ayisha assaulted me, my sister, and my parents in October 2008, and left our house,” said Shahida, Ali’s sister, adding that she and her family then filed a non-cognisable case against Ayisha in Oshiwara police station.
“On August 2, 2009, the police came to our house and said Ayisha had filed a case of harassment against us,” added Shahida, who teaches at a local school. She said her 60-year-old father was kept in Arthur Road jail while she, her sister and her 58-year-old mother were housed in Byculla jail, after the court remanded them to judicial custody. They were later released on bail.
“My brothers Ali and Sajid were shown as absconding as they were not in the country,” she added.
“How can I work there peacefully when I am wanted in a case in India?” Ali asked, explaining that he and his brother then decided to return to India. “Before she ruins me and files multiple criminal cases against me, and I am declared a proclaimed offender, I realised I had to appear before the court,” Ali said. “In Saudi, I had to pay compensation to my employer, now I have no money left with me,” said Ali.
His lawyer Sushan Kunjuraman said: “Ali left India 20 months before the complaint was filed”. The court also granted anticipatory bail to Sajid.