On Thursday, the sessions court at Dindoshi rejected the anticipatory bail application of Sukhwinder Kaur, alias Radhe Maa, in connection with a cheating and dowry harassment case. The Kandivli police are investigating a complaint filed by a woman, Nikki Gupta, who claims that Kaur instigated her husband and in-laws to demand dowry from her.
Kaur had filed for anticipatory bail on Wednesday. Her lawyer Ashok Gupte contended that she has been falsely implicated and said the application was filed after the local police summoned her to record her statement on Friday.
“We apprehended that the sheer reason to call her was to arrest her,” Gupte contended.
Kaur denies Gupta’s allegations. Her application reads, “The complainant [Gupta] has falsely alleged that she was assaulted and abused when she went for darshan. The applicant [Kaur] has been unnecessarily dragged [into the issue] as [Gupta’s] family members are ardent devotees [and have] immense faith in her kindness. The complainant has made allegations against [Kaur] only to vent her frustration and dejection for being unsuccessful in securing a favourable order from the family court for maintenance.”
Opposing Kaur’s application, Gupta’s lawyer Sunny Wasker said his client has been receiving threatening calls ever since she filed a police complaint. “[Kaur] is treated as a mother by [Gupta’s] family and acts as a decision-maker. Even if my client has to go out, she needs to take permission from [Kaur]. She was forced to do domestic work at [Kaur’s] house and was beaten up if she refused,” Wasker said. He also said Kaur is scheduled to visit Thailand and that there is a chance she will abscond.
Public prosecutor Madhuri Mahajan said Kaur had been summoned as part of the investigation. “If she has nothing to hide and is not at fault, why should she apprehend arrest? She should cooperate with the investigation,” she said.
Meanwhile, a police officer told the court that Kaur had filed an application saying she would be unable to visit the police station on Friday because of prior commitments, and that she would only be able to go there on August 25. The officer claimed this was an attempt by Kaur to evade the police.