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Navy sex scandal: wife of official arrested

The woman, whose complaint of wife swapping rocked the naval base in Kochi in April, was on Saturday arrested by Delhi police for allegedly committing a forgery in procuring credit card in the name of her estranged husband.

delhi Updated: Jul 28, 2013 02:28 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times

A 25-year-old estranged wife of a navy officer, who rocked the Indian Navy earlier this year by accusing her husband of forcing her to get "sexually involved" with his colleagues, has been arrested by the south Delhi police on charges of cheating and fraud.

Vasant Vihar police arrested Sujata Sahu on Saturday following investigation into a case that was filed by State Bank of India's IIT branch a few weeks ago. Sahu, wife of Ravi Kiran, a Lieutenant Commander in Indian Navy, has been accused of procuring a credit card by submitting forged documents.

Sources in Delhi police said Sahu, who reportedly joined Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) as BA first year student, was brought to the police station. In the evening, some JNU students gathered outside the police station and protested. They claimed she has been framed in a false case. A senior police officer, however, said they have enough evidence.

"She forged the signature of her husband, who was arrested following her allegations but was later released on bail, used a forged letterhead of the Indian Navy and signatures of the commanding officer of Indian Naval Ship and of her in-laws to procure a credit card," the senior officer said.

Police said the documents were sent to the Indian Navy for verification. The navy sent a report stating that all the documents and signatures were forged and the use of their emblem was a serious crime, the senior officer claimed.

Meanwhile, Kamini Jaiswal, the counsel for Sahu in the wife -swapping case, said it was an attempt to malign her client.

Earlier this year, Sahu had filed a harassment complaint against her husband and in-laws at the Vasant Vihar police station. She had alleged that her husband forced her to get 'sexually involved' with other Navy officers and consume alcohol.

The Delhi Police had, however, transferred the case to Kochi where the incident allegedly took place. The navy recently gave a clean chit to the three officers who she claimed had molested her in her husband's presence.

First Published: Jul 27, 2013 21:10 IST