NEW DELHI: Coming to the rescue of 26-year-old Gaurav Saini, who is fighting against the alleged murderers of his wife, Monika Dagar, the Supreme Court on Monday issued notice to the UP government seeking its reply for not transferring the case from Ghaziabad. The apex court stayed the proceedings at the Ghaziabad trial court till the reply is filed, allowing the Gaurav’s petition to be heard. Monika was allegedly murdered by her family members for honour.
Gaurav had married Monika in July 2009 against her family’s wishes. The couple lived together for a while in Delhi till the UP Police tracked them down and arrested Gaurav for allegedly kidnapping Monika after a complaint was filed by her family. After spending a month in jail, Gaurav came out on August 11, 2009 and approached Delhi high court to know the whereabouts of his wife. The UP Police was on September 16 directed to produce the woman in court. However, Monika reportedly died in mysterious circumstances on the day the family received the court’s order.
The Ghaziabad police ordered a probe and investigations were transferred to another unit of Ghaziabad police. Police also pressed murder charges against the accused, including Monika’s brother Nitin and her mother. However, it soon turned out to be an eyewash as all the arrested accused were released on bail. Moreover, in their chargesheet the cops could not substantiate the charges.
Speaking to TOI, Gaurav’s lawyer Ravi Kant said, “We have asked the SC to transfer the investigation to Delhi. The court has sought reply within four weeks. There is also danger to Gaurav’s life when he appears at the Ghaziabad court since he has become a face against honour killings in India.” The SC order was passed by a bench headed by Justices H S Bedi and Swantantra Kumar.