Pune: A 29-year-old man working as a chef in Australia has filed a case against his wife, who claims to be a fashion designer and in-laws for allegedly demanding Rs 25 lakh extortion to settle a harassment case filed by the woman last year.
Sunny Dimber's mother Shailja (56), a resident of Laxminagar in Parvati area, lodged the FIR with Dattawadi police station under Pune city police.
The police have booked Swati More, her father Raosaheb More, mother Jayshree More, brother Deepak More, all residents of Ambegaon Khurd and uncle Sarjerao Mohite of Pimpri.
As per the FIR registered on Saturday, Swati had not told the complainant's family about her first marriage with a man from Shirur. She filed a case of harassment under section 498A of the Indian Penal Code against her first husband and his family members. That case is pending trial in a Shirur court.
In 2015, Sunny came in contact with Swati through a matrimonial website and both spoke about their marriage. Sunny came to India from Australia and they registered the marriage in September 2015. Within a few days he left for work, while Swati remained here. She used to stay at her mother's house and occasionally came to Sunny's house.
The police complaint states that she used to quarrel frequently and threatened to commit suicide and blame his family for this. She went to Dubai without telling him or his family and also posted pictures with another man on Facebook.
In August 2016, when she was in Australia, she allegedly barged into Sunny's office twice in a drunken state and created a ruckus. "She asked for Rs 25 lakh or also threatened finish off my family members and my career in Australia. She returned to India and lodged a FIR (498A IPC) against me and my family members with the Dattawadi police station in September 2016. She and her family members started demanding Rs 25 lakh and divorce to settle the case. After this we learnt about her previous marriage in 2004 and that she had got bogus educational certificates. She claims to be 12th pass and has done a certificate course in fashion designing and hair style. The Bombay High Court has granted a stay on the FIR against us, Sunny said.
With help of lawyer Vipul Dushing, Sunny and his mother lodged the FIR against Swati and her family members. The police have charged the accused persons for offences under sections 384 (extortion), 417 (cheating), 494 (marrying again during lifetime of husband or wife), 495 (same offence with concealment of former marriage from person with whom subsequent marriage is contracted), 504 (intentional insult), 506 (criminal intimidation) and 34 (common intention) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
Police Sub Inspector AG Dafal is investigating the case.