The police have two days to produce the woman who went missing in June with her two children. The Bombay High Court rapped the police on Wednesday after they failed to give satisfactory answers on their whereabouts.
While hearing a habeas corpus (produce person in court) petition filed by the woman’s husband, Mukhtar Khan Hamid Khan Jaffer Khan, justice AM Khanwilkar said: “If you [the police] want to, you can overnight produce someone… Isn’t it your duty to find her?”
Khan, who works in Qatar, had filed the petition last month after the police failed to trace his wife, Meenaz, and children – Munzin, 3, and Ruhi, 5.
His advocates, Sandeep and Priyanka Karnik, alleged that the police had failed to take action on his complaint for almost four months.
Khan’s petition said when Meenaz left home she took seven tolas of gold and Rs 40,000. He alleged that the police had refused to lodge the complaint and it was only after he wrote to the commissioner of police that a missing person’s complaint was filed.
Additional public prosecutor told the court that they [police] suspect that Khan’s wife has eloped with one Sharafat Khan.
Justice Khanwilkar asked that why was she not produced if the police knew her whereabouts. “How do you know that she has not left the country?”
The prosecutor said Meenaz had not left India because the police have alerted the immigration office at the airport.