Court grants relief to runaway Bihar-based couple
New Delhi: A local court on Friday granted bail to a youth, facing prosecution in Bihar for allegedly restraining a girl, after she said she had willingly tied the knot with him.
The Bihar-based couple, who got married in Delhi on January 21, had yesterday surrendered at a police station here and they were produced before the court where a team of Bihar Police had come to take them in their custody.
Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Gautam Manan granted 15 days transit bail to 28-year-old Naushad Alam on a personal bond of Rs 50,000 and surety of the like amount.
The court refrained Bihar Police from taking the girl, who belonged to a Hindu family and later converted into Islam, in its custody and asked Alam to appear before the court concerned in Saharsa in Bihar within 15 days.
In the bail application filed through advocate Krishna K Singh, Alam said a "false" FIR was lodged against him in Saharsa by the parents of his wife Ifshan Anjum alias Pallavi Kumari who left their house and married him here after converting.
Advocate Singh told the court that Anjum willingly married Alam and they are happily residing here.
He said the case was lodged against Alam in Saharsa by Anjum's parents under various provisions of the IPC and now she is apprehending she may be killed by them if she returns.
On being asked by the court about the incident, Anjum said she is a major and married Alam on her own free will.
Before granting bail to Alam, the court also directed for recording of statement of Anjum under section 164 of the CrPC before another court here.
During the hearing, Alam's lawyer said the couple are apprehending that the girl's parents may harass them, adding the two had also approached the Delhi High Court seeking protection and the court had sought status report from the police, fixing the matter for February 28.
Detailing the incident, the lawyer submitted that after the marriage, the couple had gone to Saharsa on January 29 but they left their parental home apprehending threat to their life as people from different political parties there were making an issue out of their marriage.
He said the couple again came back to Delhi but a false FIR for various offences, including section 366-A (procuration of minor girl), 295-A (maliciously insulting the religion or religious belief of any class), 341 (wrongfully restraining a person) and 448 (house trespass), was lodged against Alam by the girl's father on February 5.