March 4, 2019:
The accused repeatedly threatened he had her nude pictures & would publish them.
A sessions court on Monday rejected the anticipatory bail plea of a 37-year-old man against whom a case was filed for allegedly submitting morphed nude pictures of his estranged wife in the family court during divorce proceedings.
The accused has also been charged with outraging modesty. The couple had an arranged marriage in 2013 & have a 5-year-old daughter.
The accused is a gym trainer.
The pre-arrest bail plea was opposed by the wife who submitted an intervention plea through her advocate Wesley Menezes. The 30-year-old woman filed the complaint at BKC police station on January 28.
She alleged that after their marriage began falling apart, the accused repeatedly threatened he had her nude pictures & would publish them.
She said that when she asked him about the pictures later, he said he had deleted them. The woman said that after she got a copy of the documents given by him in the family court, she saw the pictures. The accused said he procured the pictures from a social media app.
Seeking anticipatory bail, the accused claimed that the picture in question was of the woman in a compromising position with a man & part of evidence in the divorce proceedings.
The accused termed it as “privileged communication between husband & wife”. His plea said that his custodial interrogation was not necessary as the photographs were already in the family court’s custody & could be obtained by the cops.
The accused said the FIR was nothing but an attempt to settle scores with him.
Cops opposed his plea & submitted that the crime was serious & against a woman. They told the court that the pictures had to be sent for forensic analysis. Cops further submitted that if the pictures were morphed, they needed to ascertain how the accused had done it & if he had received help from anyone else.
Last June, the woman lodged an FIR citing domestic violence, commission of a sexual offence & causing hurt. Also, in June, the woman had filed divorce proceedings in family court, citing cruelty.
The mother of the accused had moved Bombay high court to evict her from the premises. The high court ordered that the divorce proceedings be expedited.