The city police have booked a woman and her father for a marriage fraud with a Canada-based non-resident Indian (NRI) as she was already married to another man and had not taken divorce.
Shudha Sardana, a resident of Kapurthala, has filed a first information report (FIR), in which she alleged that Pooja Bhargav, who is a resident of Talwara near Hoshiarpur, had fraudulently married her NRI son Aseem Sardana, claiming that she was unmarried.
Aseem Sardana had come into contact with Pooja through a matrimonial website and married her in November 2011.
But, suddenly after one year, Aseem came to know through a website that his wife was already married to an NRI of England, identified as Vishal Jain, a native of Faridabad.
Pooja had gone to England in 2006 on a study visa and was in a living relationship with Vishal for four years and later they both had got married in England.
When contacted, Shudha Sardana, mother of the man, said that Pooja had fraudulently married her son without divorcing her former husband.
"Fortunately, my son got knowledge about Pooja's marriage when he searched her name on internet where she had worked in England and when Aseem called to that company from there, he came to know about the fraud," she said.
"Pooja and her father Amitabh Bhargav had also harassed Vishal Jain by demanding 25,000 pounds to get a divorce and, after a settlement, they both got divorced on August 22, 2012," she added.
Mahinder Singh, deputy superintendent of police, said that the police have registered a case under sections 420, 406, 494, 120B of Indian Penal Code at the city police station.
"The case is under investigation and soon both the accused will be arrested," he said.
Those failing to comply with the orders will be punished for disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant under section 188 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
The order will come into force with effect from September 24 (midnight) and shall be effective for 60 days till November 11.