A senior inspector with Saki Naka police station has been rapped by the Bombay High Court for failing to bring back a girl from Kashmir who was allegedly detained there by her parents for marrying against their wish.
On February 18, the high court had asked the police to send a team to Kashmir to get the girl after her husband, Ravi Tiwari, filed a habeas corpus (produce the person in court) petition fearing for her life.
A division bench of Justice D.B. Bhosale and Justice A.R. Joshi rapped Senior Police Inspector, S.R. Dhanedhar, after he informed the court on Friday that he was unable to bring the girl from Kashmir because he was busy probing a rape case registered earlier this week.
Irked by the excuse, Justice Bhosale asked: “Was investigation of that case more important than this court's order?”
The high court has asked Dhanedhar to file a personal affidavit by April 1, explaining the efforts he has taken to trace the girl. The HC has also asked Dhanedhar to tender an unconditional apology.
The court was also upset as the officer had been directed to get the girl from Kashmir and investigate the case by February 18.
“The officers take the orders of this court very lightly. This is happening frequently,” remarked Justice Bhosale.
Earlier, the high court had asked the police to provide protection to the Hindu boy from Bihar and the Muslim girl from Kashmir who got married against their parents’ wishes.
Ravi Tiwari (26), a resident of Bihar, had approached the HC, alleging that his in-laws had detained his 2-year-old wife, Anusha, [earlier Sabeena Langoo] against her wish.