New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday dismissed the anticipatory bail plea of G R Sirish Bharadwaj,
estranged younger son-in-law of Praja Rajyam president and
Telgu mega star Chiranjeevi, facing a dowry harrasment case.
A vacation bench of justices G S Singhvi and
Chandramauli Prasad, rejecting the plea of Sirish`s counsel
that bail be granted as the two families were seeeking an
amicable settlment, asked the accused to surrender before the
court concerned in Hyderabad.
Srija, youngest daughter of Chirajneevi, married
Shirish in 2007 amidst high drama against the wishes of her
family, so much so that the couple rushed to the Delhi High
Court and obtained police protection. The couple also held a
press conference to denounce Chiranjeevi`s alleged attempt to
break the marriage.
However, four years down the line, the marriage turned
out to be a disaster with Srija filing a complaint of dowry
harassment against Shirish and her mother.
After the trial court and the AP High Court refused to
grant bail, Shirish had approached the apex court.
Persistent submission by his counsel that negotiations
for an amicable solution to the marital dispute were on, the
bench refused to grant the relief saying " let the concerned
court consider this in accordance with law."
It also declined Sirish Bharadwaj`s request for
extension of time to surrender before them.
"No... It would put unwarranted pressure on the
system. For one individual, you will have to make special
arrangements," the bench said and added if "you have money,
then it does not mean that there would be special provisions."