A father has moved the Bombay High Court seeking ‘independent’ probe in his daughter's alleged murder over dowry harassment, which the police have lodged as a dowry death.
Nitin Soni's daughter, Nishi Jethwani, had allegedly jumped to death from the 27th floor of her Mulund apartment on June 27.
A division bench of Justice B.H. Marlapalle and Justice Anoop Mohta has asked the police to their file their reply to the petition and also the progress report in two weeks.
According to petition filed by Soni, a resident of Baverly Hills, Yogi Hills, Mulund (West), Nishi was in love with Jitendra. But Jitendra’s parents were against their marriage.
However, due to his insistence, they agreed fearing that they might lose their son.
“After marriage, Nishi was physically and mentally tortured over demands of dowry,” said Dinesh Tiwari, Soni's advocate.
“Once Soni had even given some money and jewellery to Nishi's in-laws so that they would stop troubling her,” argued Tiwari.
Because of the harassment, Nishi had been staying with her parents from December to February 2010.
“On June 27, Nishi was harassed again and she was going to return to her parents' house. But they (Sonis) were informed that Nishi's body was lying near the entrance of the building,” said Tiwari.
Soni's petition states: “Soni was in shock when the statement was recorded by the police hence he could not narrate all the facts.”
Soni has sought transfer of investigation from the Mulund police station stating that despite him having pointed out vital aspects to the officers, the investigation is being carried out in a very lethargic and reckless manner.
Police have still not sealed the flat, which gave free hand to the accused to destroy the evidence, states the petition. Also Soni has claimed that the building has CCTV camera, which was working properly till the day of the incident.
After the incident all the CCTV cameras were missing from the building and no inquiry has been conducted by the police, alleges the petition
The ground on which Nishi's husband and in-laws had sought bail was that she had suicidal tendencies.
As evidence, they had produced a loose sheet of paper, which Nishi had kept in her diary.
However, the police have been unable to trace that diary, the petition says.