A Rupnagar court in Punjab has sent an Indian-American, Jatinder Vashisht to judicial remanded till April 10th on Monday for allegedly torturing his wife, in a case filed back in 2008.
The order was passed by Chief Judicial Magistrate Jasbir Kaur.
Vashisht had managed to flee India, while facing allegations of dowry harassment and had recently returned after nine years. He married a woman from the Ghanauli village near Rupnagar on December 11, 2003. The woman accompanied her husband to the United States after the marriage and on November 16, 2005 she gave birth to a boy.
According to the complaint after the birth of their son, her husband along with her in-laws started torturing her for more dowry and even sent her back to India for bringing less dowry at the time of their marriage.
The victim’s father subsequently lodged an FIR at Sadar police station in Rupnagar against Vashisht, and his parents.
A case under sections 406 (criminal breach of trust), 498A (husband or relative of husband of a woman subjecting her to cruelty) and 34 (common intention), IPC was registered against the three on April 5, 2008.
Immediately Vashisht applied for anticipatory bail before the Sessions Judge, where he was granted interim bail on the condition that he would deposit his passport with the local police.
He deposited the passport with the police on April 19, 2008, but later took it back, by allegedly in connivance with police personnel.
The police conducted a departmental inquiry on a complaint from the victim's father. According to the inquiry against Sadar Station House Officer Tejpal Singh and Additional SHO Vinod Kumar and they were booked for dereliction of duty.
While, Vashisht managed to flee India, the court declared him as a proclaimed offender.
Nine years later, when he returned to India. . Acting on a tip-off, the police arrested him on Sunday.