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Dowry case: Bombay High Court orders further probe against Radhe Maa


Mumbai: The Bombay High Court has directed the Kandivali Police to conduct further investigations against self-styled god-woman Radhe Maa and seven other accused in a dowry harassment and cheating case.

This comes after the Kandivali police granted a ‘clean chit’ to Sukhwinder Kaur alias Radhe Maa by dropping off all the charges against her. She was booked by the police in July 2015, after a complaint by one Niki Gupta. Niki had alleged that her in-laws, who were disciples of Radhe Maa, had been torturing her for dowry at her (Radhe Maa’s) behest.

According to her application before a single-judge bench of Justice Sadhana Jadhav, she had challenged the ‘notice’ issued by the Magistrate to Radhe Maa and other accused seeking their response on her plea to assist prosecution.

In her complaint, she said that despite serious allegations of assault against Radhe Maa, the prosecution had allowed her scot-free. She even highlighted her ‘dissatisfaction’ in the manner of investigation conducted against all the accused including Radhe Maa. On the other hand, the Kandivali police had maintained that it conducted the investigations in a ‘fair’ manner.

After hearing the submissions advanced, Justice Jadhav said, “The Magistrate has committed a grave error by issuing notice to the accused and calling for their reply as it is a settled position of law that the accused would have no locus nor say in the process of investigation.”

“This court is of the opinion that the Investigating Officer shall call the complainant and record her statement. She is permitted to demonstrate as to what are the lacunas in the earlier investigation and that the charge-sheet is not filed in pursuance to the allegations made by her,” Justice Jadhav added.

Justice Jadhav also directed the Magistrate to consider the fresh material, which the prosecution would place on record, after recording Niki’s statements.