The Bombay High Court has dismissed an anticipatory bail application filed by a 48-year-old man whose fourth wife accused him of cheating and harassment by keeping her in the dark about his third marriage. The accused, however, contended she was aware of his marriage and that the complainant had obtained a no-objection certificate (NOC) from his third wife before marrying him.
Worli resident Ravindra Korgaonkar, an employee of a central government undertaking, had moved the High Court after a sessions court rejected his anticipatory bail application on October 29. The sessions court had observed that he could not be granted a protective order against arrest as his wife had alleged that he had relations with many other women.
Korgaonkar, in his application said he had first married in 1982 but his wife died in October 1990. He remarried in April 1994, but obtained a divorce by mutual consent in 2004. He claimed that in May 2011, he married a divorcee with a seven-year-old daughter and an old mother.
The 30-year-old complainant, who claimed to be his fourth wife, he said, had found him through a marriage bureau. She, too, was divorced and had a son. Korgaonkar claimed that the complainant had given her son her name instead of his father’s. She approached him for marriage so that her son could use Korgaonkar’s surname, he claimed. His application said he had refused to marry the woman as he was already married.
However, he claimed, the complainant had obtained an NOC from his wife on June 2, 2011 and solemnised a ‘fake marriage’ between her and Korgaonkar on June 24, 2011.
He claimed that he had provided rented accommodation to the complainant and her son in Dadar and she continues to live there. He said he had refused to live with her, and as a result there were quarrels between his wife and the complainant.
The dispute escalated and the complainant approached the Dadar police station and also filed a private complaint of cheating in the magistrate court in Dadar on July 5, 2012, Korgaonkar claimed.
He also alleged the complainant made the allegations against him for “injuring and humiliating” him and for extorting money.
He alleged that Dadar police had threatened to arrest him. Korgaonkar also argued that as a private complaint was already lodged, Dadar police cannot file a FIR on the same complaint.
Korgaonkar filed an additional affidavit that