Ranchi, Sept. 3: A fortnight after registration of an FIR against her by daughter-in-law Tara Shahdeo and nine days after her arrest, the mother of Ranjit Singh Kohli aka Rakibul Hassan, who has more aliases than her son, today approached chief judicial magistrate Neeraj Kumar Srivastava for her bail.
Petitioning for bail, Kaushalya Rani alias Kausar Parveen alias Kaushal Rani cited her age, illness and innocence.
“Rani, the mother of main accused Ranjit Singh Kohli alias Rakibul Hassan, prayed for bail citing three reasons. She said she was an 83-year-old lady, unable to walk properly after her knee surgery and she was innocent, as there was no specific allegation against her,” Criminal lawyer Abinash Pandey, who moved the application on behalf of Kohli’s mother this noon, said.
He added this was the first legal step taken by any of the accused.
Tara, a 23-year-old shooter, accused Kohli of duping her into marriage on July 7 and torturing her afterwards to embrace Islam. In the FIR on August 19, his mother was also named.
“As police have seized all papers from the residence of the accused mother-son duo, the draft of the bail application was prepared with the help of the original FIR registered at Hindpiri police station on August 19. In the FIR there is no specific allegation against my client,” Panday said.
Tara’s cousin Bhanu Pratap Shahdeo, an advocate, disagreed. “In the original FIR, there is one section 34 (act done by several with common intention) with 498A (husband or relative of husband of a woman subjecting her to cruelty). So, the original FIR does not support the lady,” he said.
Civil court lawyer Panchdev Singh told The Telegraph that the court had fixed September 17 as the date for hearing in the matter.
Another advocate requesting anonymity supported the information.
“The court of chief judicial magistrate Neeraj Kumar Srivastava fixed September 17 with a direction to assistant public prosecutor Sanjeev Kumar Sinha to provide case diary from Hindpiri police station to know where the probe is heading.”