A Delhi court in Tuesday sent Mayank Singhvi, who is accused of abetting suicide of his air hostess wife, to 14-day judicial custody. Mayank was arrested on Monday and was later interrogated for nearly an hour by the police. He has been charged under sections of dowry death.
Metropolitan Magistrate Anuj Kumar sent Mayank Singhvi to 14 days' judicial remand after Delhi police moved an application saying the accused was not required for custodial interrogation and he be sent to judicial custody.
Mayank's wife, Anissia Batra (39), who worked with a German airline had committed suicide by jumping off her house in south Delhi's Panchsheel Park on July 13. Her family has alleged that she was harassed for dowry.
Anissia's brother Karan has launched a scathing allegation on the police for its lapses in the enquiry process. He also said even though Mayank's father's name was also included in the FIR, he has not been arrested yet.
However, DCP South Romil Baaniya, said that Mayank's parents have been exempted from joining the investigation till July 20 on personal grounds. They will be questioned after that.
Anissia's colleague also alleged that her death was not a suicide, but a case of carefully planned murder.
Advocate Ishkaran Singh Bhandari, appearing for Anissia, urged the court that a look out notice be issued against Singhvi's parents as they subjected the victim to a lot of atrocities and have not been arrested as yet. The police told the court that they were doing the needful in that regard.
Anissia's family has alleged that her husband used to physically abuse her.
The couple had been married for over two years and lived in Panchsheel Enclave.
Police suspect that Anissia was upset with her husband as she had recently discovered that he was a divorcee.
"He had not told her about his first marriage. After she found out about his earlier relationship, she was quite hurt. It is suspected that they must have had arguments over it," a police official said on Monday.
Before jumping off the terrace, she had sent a message to her husband that she would kill herself, police said. When he reached there, a labourer from the adjacent house told him that she had jumped.
She was taken to Max Hospital and the police were informed. She succumbed to injuries at the hospital.
Her husband, a software engineer in Gurgaon, told the police that they had regular fights as there were "compatibility issues".
They had an argument on Friday as well, following which she jumped from the terrace, police said.
In her complaint, Anissia's mother alleged that Mayank Singhvi used to regularly abuse her daughter.
The victim's family also alleged that Mayank would often demand money from Anissia.
They had also given a complaint to police on June 27 saying that if anything happens to their daughter, Mayank would be responsible.