Delhi: Man Accused of Selling Wife to Friend
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The city police today opposed the anticipatory bail plea of a man, accused of selling his wife to another man who allegedly raped her, before the Delhi High Court claiming that it has evidence against him and he is not entitled to bail.

Filing a status report before a vacation bench of Justice Sanjeev Sachdeva, Public Prosecutor Navin Sharma submitted that during the preliminary investigation, the rape accused has disclosed that he had paid money for the woman and the husband had received the amount saying that the woman is a divorcee.

The lawyer also argued the allegations are serious against the man(husband) and the court should not grant bail to him.

After taking the police status report on record, Justice Sachdeva adjourned the matter for July 2 and said " till then no interim relief to the petitioner."

The court was hearing the husband's plea which challenged the lower court's order rejecting his plea for anticipatory bail in a case of rape, illegal confinement and criminal intimidation.

The case was lodged by the wife against the man, to whom she was allegedly sold, and her husband and in-laws for their alleged role in it.

The FIR was registered with Hari Nagar police station by the woman against the man who raped her and also the husband for the alleged conspiracy as they were not on good terms for the past several months.

The petitioner's counsel contended the woman was misusing the police and law. 

Earlier, the Delhi police counsel had told the court that the woman in her statement under Section 164 before a magistrate said that her husband and in-laws had taken money from another man and she was sent with him when she was in an unconscious state.

She alleged that the man had raped her despite her pleading that she was married to someone else and has a child, the counsel said.

According to the complaint, the couple had got married in July, 2010 at an Arya Samaj Mandir against their parents' wishes and left for Hyderabad.

A year later, they returned to Delhi when the husband, allegedly in connivance with his family members, started ill treating her. She was forced to sign some blank papers in January this year and later forcibly sent with the petitioner's friend.

On March 25, 2012 she managed to escape, according to the FIR.

The trial court had on May 21 had rejected the husband's anticipatory bail plea.

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