IAS officer moves court against wife’s complaint

AHMEDABAD: A Gujarat cadre IAS officer Rahul Gupta has moved Gujarat High Court against his wife Shalini Agarwal, also an IAS from the same cadre, who lodged a complaint at mahila police station in Jaipur.

Urging the court to quash his wife’s complaint alleging dowry harassment, Gupta has contended that Rajasthan police shouldn’t have registered the complaint, since the place of the alleged offence is Gujarat. He has also argued that after registering the complaint, Rajasthan police should transfer the investigation to Gujarat.

Besides challenging the dowry complaint against him, Gupta has also rubbished charges levelled against him by his wife. They married in 2005, Gupta belongs to 2004 cadre and Shalini is from 2005 batch.

Shalini has alleged that Rahul, her father-in-law BL Gupta and mother-in-law Krishna constantly harassed her, demanding a car, cash and partnership in her uncle’s marble business. In her complaint she stated that after she shifted to her in-laws’ house at Shrimali Society in Navrangpura, they started harassing her for not bringing a luxury car in dowry.

She has claimed that though her father had given jewellery worth lakhs and cash at the time of the engagement, demands of her in-laws kept increasing. She told Rajasthan police after retirement from Gujarat Agro, her father-in-law pressurised her to persuade her uncle to make him a partner in his marble business. Her uncle rejected the proposal, after which the harassment increased.

The case came up before Justice DH Waghela, who has kept it for hearing after January 12. The High Court has already granted anticipatory bail to Gupta.

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