A US-based NRI, who faces a lookout notice in a dowry harassment case lodged by his wife in Pune, has made a peace offering in the Bombay high court in order to settle the case—Rs 31.6 lakh and returning her personal belongings, including silver utensils, that was left back in her matrimonial home in America.
A division bench of Justice Ranjit More and Justice Shalini Phansalkar Joshi, extended the interim relief granted to the man-a direction to stay the lookout notices issued to airports across the country and restraining the investigation officer from taking any coercive steps.
“Since the parties are exploring possibility of settlement, he is permitted to deposit the said settlement amount in the registry. This amount, however, shall not be withdrawn by the wife until disposal of present petitions as well as proceedings before the family court for divorce,” said the bench, adding, “It is made clear that, in the event settlement does not go through, the man is at liberty to apply for withdrawal of the said amount.”
The woman had lodged the FIR against her husband and mother-in-law earlier this year at Dattawadi police station under various provisions of the IPC for offences including dowry harassment (section 498A) and assault (section 323). Her mother-in-law was based in Muscat and husband in the USA. Based on the FIR, lookout notice were issued against the duo by deputy director, Bureau of Immigration. Apprehending arrest if they returned to India, the two approached the HC seeking relief. In court, their lawyer said that the couple were exploring a settlement.