Film producer Gaurang Doshi got partial relief on Monday when the Bombay High Court restrained the police from arresting him until September 15.
Doshi, who had produced films like Amitabh Bachchan-starrer Aankhen, has locked himself in his house since September 2. The court gave the police these orders after Doshi filed an application for cancellation of the non-bailable warrant against him.
Justice V.K. Tahilramani also asked Doshi to appear before the metropolitan magistrate at Girgaum, who had issued the non-bailable warrant.
Doshi is involved in litigation with his wife, Madhuri, since 2006 after she alleged that he had harassed her for dowry. She had accused Doshi of criminal intimidation and causing hurt by dangerous weapons.
Doshi’s lawyer, Rishi Bhuta, told the court that two constables knocked on his door on September 2, Janmashtami, saying they had an arrest warrant in his name. “Out of fear of being humiliated in presence of his neighbours and other residents of the building, he did not open the door,” Dhoshi’s application said.
On September 3, Doshi’s lawyer presented an application to get Doshi and his mother an exemption from attending court. The court, however, issued a non-bailable warrant.
“Since September 2, constables have been posted outside his house and they keep shouting and saying they will arrest him, handcuff him and humiliate him in front of his neighbours,” Bhuta told the court.
He argued that Doshi was neither a fugitive nor a member of the underworld and was not even involved in any nefarious activity.
“He is a man involved in litigation with his wife and the police are bent on arresting him. They are not even giving him a chance to approach the magistrate to get the warrant cancelled,” Bhuta said adding that Doshi has locked himself in fearing that the police may assault him if he surrenders.
Doshi’s application alleged that one of constables posted outside his house once threatened to “show Doshi what police custody was” since he had made them wait outside his house for six days.