Daily Archives: July 28, 2011

End of a love story: Chiru’s son-in-law jailed

End of a love story: Chiru’s son-in-law jailed

Last updated on: July 28, 2011 09:31 IST

Srija with Sirish in happier times

This is straight out of a Tollywood potboiler. Only, this one does not end so well. Sirish Bhardwaj, the son-in-law of actor-turned-politician Chiranjeevi, on Wednesday surrendered before a local court after evading arrest for over four months in a dowry harassment case.

Bhardwaj’s estranged wife Srija, who is Chiranjeevi’s youngest daughter, had accused him and her in-laws of harassing her for dowry. The couple had married against the wishes of Srija’s family in 2007 and have a two-year-old daughter.

Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate sent Sirish to judicial custody till August 8. The Supreme Court had rejected his anticipatory bail plea in May.

It advised him to surrender before the concerned local court and seek regular bail after arrest. Following a bitter break-up, Srija has filed a complaint with the police on March 15 alleging that Sirish and her mother-in-law had tortured her mentally and physically for dowry.

Couple defies all, gets married

Srija and Sirish on their wedding day

On October 17, 2007, Srija, then 19, married Sirish Bharadwaj, 22, at Arya Samaj Mandir at Bowenpally, Hyderabad, against the wishes of her famous father. Immediately after the ceremony, the couple approached the media, saying that they feared for their lives, and asked for police protection, thus, creating a flurry.

While Srija belongs to the Kapu community, Sirish is a Brahmin.

Srija claimed to the media that her parents and other members of her family were against her love affair with Sirish and put her under virtual house arrest for a year.

The couple, who were seeing each other for the last four years, alleged that they were threatened from Chiranjeevi’s family and sought help from the police and media.

“We are majors now and are legally allowed to marry,” the bride said. “We need protection for us and our in-laws so that my parents don’t come and take me away from my husband.”

“As soon as my parents came to know about my affair with Sirish, they forced me to discontinue my studies,” she said. “I was virtually confined at home. I escaped with the help of friends and got married secretly.”

Unpleasant twist in the story

Chiranjeevi's daughter Srija with her husband Sirish outside Hyderabad airport

A day after their marriage, the Hyderabad police claimed the groom had a criminal past. The case, registered on the basis of a complaint filed by the girl’s father, was then treated as a juvenile offence as Bharadwaj was still a minor.

Apparently, the case had only come to light in the wake of the flutter created by the marriage. The news created quite a stir, more so, because the couple was still on it the run, and their whereabouts, unknown.

Though, it was later revealed that Sirish was acquitted in the case, because the girl did not testify against him.

The couple seeks police protection, Chiranjeevi melts

Srija with Sirish

The couple then eloped to Delhi, having a rough tough time travelling. They had to be on the lookout all the time as they feared that they could be chased. The couple reportedly changed at least six cars before reaching their destination.

Five days after their marriage, on October 22, in a desperate bid to save their lives, knocked on the doors of the Delhi high court seeking police protection.

A division bench of the court took on record the plea by the couple and ordered that police protection be granted.

In the meantime, the superstar himself went on assuring them that no harm would be done to them.

“The important thing is that my family and well wishers have stood by me during this traumatic period. But now I want to bless my daughter and tell her that sweety, wherever you are, I wish you happiness,” Chiranjeevi reportedly said.

Eloped couple returns home

The couple with their daughter

After spending three weeks in New Delhi under police protection, Srija and Sirish returned to Hyderabad on November 11, 2007.

But since no one from her family was present at the airport to receive them, Srija went to her in-laws’ house at Begumpet in Secunderabad.

On July 7, 2008, the couple had a daughter, and Chiranjeevi expressed his joy of becoming a grandfather. But the joy was short-lived.

End of a love story, cracks open wide

The couple in an undated picture

On March 15, 2011, Srija filed a dowry harassment case against Sirish and her mother-in-law, alleging that they had been exploiting and ill-treating her, demanding Rs 50 lakh. She said in the complaint that the harassment began just when she had started to get close to her father again.

The couple had already sparked rumours that all was not well with their marriage when the couple had appeared on news channels, reiterating their love for each other.

There were whispers that Srija had given several crore rupees to Sirish when he ventured into the event management business.

The police filed a case under the Dowry Prohibition Act. Sirish was questioned, but not arrested, and denied bail.

Finally, on Wednesday, Sirish surrendered, after evading arrest for over four months, and has been sent to judicial custody till August 8.

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After Arun, Nayar Sr seeks divorce

After Arun, Nayar Sr seeks divorce

Swati Deshpande, TNN Jul 23, 2011, 01.14am IST
MUMBAI: Arun Nayar’s divorce from British celebrity Elizabeth Hurley, which was granted last month in June barely five years after their grand wedding in Rajasthan, became fodder for tabloids in the UK. Now, his father, business magnate Vinod Nayar, 70, has moved a family court in Mumbai and filed a divorce petition against his second wife Joan—a 60-year-old Manglorean who is a British citizen.

Arun had turned to the same family court when he had filed for divorce against his first wife Italian model Valentina Pedroni six years ago on the grounds of ‘cruelty’. The senior Nayar, too, has cited ‘cruelty’ and ‘abandonment’ in his divorce petition. On the other hand, Joan has sought for police protection against her husband, Rs 15 crore damages and her right to reside in the couple’s sprawling south Mumbai residence in Marine Drive.

That the couple’s seven-year-old marriage — they tied the knot in 2004 — has hit rocky ground is evident in the vitriolic attacks they have made against each other in their petitions, with even their son’s former wife Liz being mentioned a couple of times.

Vinod’s petition claims that his wife was “rude to his good friends and tried to distance him from them, with a long term view to get as much as possible before and after his death.” He accuses her of getting the police home to “humiliate” him on “domestic violence complaints” just because he slept in “the study” one time.

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UP police says charges of gang rape against them are false

UP police says charges of gang rape against them are false

Jhansi, July 6 (PTI)

Uttar Pradesh police, probing allegations of gang rape by two minor girls against the men in uniform, today said the two cooked up the story to explain their getting back home late.

Though the probe found the allegations false, still a medical examination of the girls has been ordered, they said.

SP (Rural) PK Tewari said one of the girls, both of whom belong to the family of a police constable, admitted to the false charges relating to the July 4 incident in Mau Ranipur area.

The SP said the girls, who were waiting for a train at night, were brought to the police station to save them from eve-teasing.

Since they got delayed, the girls cooked up the story to evade embarrassment, indicting five policemen of raping them, the SP said.

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Woman filed divorce petition to mislead police’

‘Woman filed  divorce petition to mislead police’

Sanjeev K Ahuja, Hindustan Times

Gurgaon, July 28, 2011

The plot hatched by a woman, who was sentenced to life imprisonment by a city court for killing her husband, is fit to be a Bollywood thriller. The Pilibhit prince, Aditya Kumar, who was killed by his wife Niti Agarwal in 2007, had written a legal will 45 days before her death to keep his wife out of his property rights.

But Niti, 40, hatched a conspiracy to eliminate him with the help of the family cook
Nandlal with whom she had an extra-marital relationship.

In order to mislead the murder probe, the woman filed a divorce petition in Pilibhit court ten days before committing the crime. In the mutual divorce petition she deliberately mentioned that she was not interested in the property of the royal family.

A Gurgaon court on Tuesday awarded life sentence to Niti, Nandlal and their two accomplices for the murder.

The startling disclosure was made by the lawyer, Vishal Gupta, who was contesting the case for Kumar’s family. Gupta also revealed that Niti had made a botched attempt to kill her husband earlier by giving him overdose of sleeping pills.

Niti and Aditya had got married in 1991 and have one son and one daughter. They lived in Pilibhit in a palatial house with about 500 rooms. Their relationship turned sour after Kumar came to know about his wife’s affair with Nandlal, who was the cook of Raja Ram Nath’s family.

“She (Niti) started living in a rented apartment in Silver Oaks Condominium in DLF City (Phase 1) in Gurgaon where Nandlal was a regular visitor. Shifting to Gurgaon and hiring an apartment here was part of  the plan to kill Aditya,” Gupta said.

Though she expressed disinterest in Kumar’s property while filing for divorce, she thought of becoming the legal heir of the royal family after Kumar’s death which she planned before completion of the divorce process.

“She thought that police would not suspect her role as she had already shown her disinterest in the property,” the lawyer said.

Meanwhile, Niti has alleged that Kumar’s family members have framed her with their influences. She also denied of extra-marital relationship with Nandlal and said that she had had no role in the murder.

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