After sitting on a complaint of bigamy against a man for more than three years, the Amritsar city police have booked the accused but, at the same time, have allegedly done only partial justice with the woman, who had lodged the complaint, as, according to her, they have withheld sections 375 and 376 IPC (rape) that had been recommended by the Punjab Human Rights Commission (PHRC) and the higher police authorities in this case.
The Amritsar city police on Wednesday booked Pinkesh Kumar Anand, a resident of Katra Sufaid, under sections 419, 493 IPC at the Cantonment police station on the charges levelled by the woman that he married her without divorcing his first wife. However, no arrest has been made so far in the case. The accused has reportedly applied for bail in the court of additional sessions judge K K Goel.
"Justice has been done, but partially. Finally, the case has been registered after prolonged efforts and a lapse of more than three years, but the recommended sections have not been imposed," said the complainant, who is a lecturer by profession, a mother of a son, who lost her husband in 1990.
The accused in question had allegedly lived with the complainant for almost 14 years before she found out that he had not divorced his first wife. Talking to HT, the complainant alleged that she had come in touch with the accused, who used to pose as an income tax advocate, when she approached him to get her income tax returns filed.
She alleged that he had married her after showing fake documents of his divorce. She added that, after marrying her, he exercised complete authority over her property and bank accounts and had even obtained a power of attorney from her for the same.
The complainant added that the petition of the accused for divorce from his first wife was dismissed by the court of additional sessions judge Inderjit Singh in February 2002. She also stated that the accused, who had been projecting himself as an advocate for more than 30 years, was a member of the Income Tax Bar Association of Amritsar, but his membership was terminated in 2011 when they found that he did not possess any degree in law.
According to the complainant, the accused had forged a compromise with his first wife and had been living with her since July 2011. She added that she had lodged a complaint with the police in this regard in August 2011, but her file lay with the higher police officials in Chandigarh for more than one-and-a-half-years and she had to run from pillar to post for action on it.
ASI Sangeet Kaur, who is investigating the case, said that the case had been registered after verifying the facts and as per the recommendations of the higher police officials. "Efforts are being made to arrest the accused," she said.