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Mumbai court to record Radhe Maa’s statement in dowry harassment case

Radhe Maa has been accused of instigating the in-laws of woman to harass her for dowry, said Mumbai police

mumbai Updated: May 18, 2017 13:46 IST
Ayesha Arvind
Ayesha Arvind
Hindustan Times
Subsequently, the police dropped the case against Radhe Maa.
Subsequently, the police dropped the case against Radhe Maa.(File)

The Mumbai police has been directed to record a fresh statement of self-styled spiritual leader Sukhwinder Kaur alias Radhe Maa in connection with a dowry harassment case.

Niki Gupta, in a complaint filed last year, accused Radhe Maa of instigating her in-laws to harass her for dowry.

Gupta alleged soon after her marriage, her in-laws demanded Rs65 lakh. When her parents said they couldn’t pay the amount, she was made to “forcefully serve Kaur, massage her legs and clean her house,” Gupta alleged.

Radhe Ma abused and assaulted her on several occasions, Gupta said in her complaint.

Gupta was, at the time, permitted to assist the police in its probe into her complaint.

Read more: New complaint against Radhe Maa for ‘promoting superstition’

However, subsequently, the police dropped the case against Radhe Maa. Gupta approached the HC alleging that the police erred in doing so.

Justice Sadhna Jadhav of the Bombay high court on April 12 directed the Borivli police to look into the allegations and check if there was a need for further probe.

Justice Jadhav held Gupta had a right “to demonstrate what she felt were the lacunae in the investigation”.

“The complainant says that the charge­ sheet is not filed in pursuance to allegations made by her. The police officer concerned thus, is directed to call her and record her statement,” Justice Jadhav said.

She said that if the police find new facts relevant to the case, they must inform the magistrate’s court and take further action.

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First Published: Apr 28, 2017 12:40 IST

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