WhatsApp nails lie of actor‘s hubby

CHANDIGARH: Social media sites are often accused of spreading rumours and outright lies, but in some cases they may help unravel the truth.
Taking WhatsApp chats as evidence, the Punjab and Haryana high court recently ordered that perjury proceedings be started against , husband of actor . Rahul had claimed in court that he had no idea his wife had spent three months in jail in 2009 in an alleged murder case. However, Bhatia gave the court details of WhatsApp chats she had with Rahul before marriage, which established that the he was lying.

Lovina was jailed in Mumbai after popular south Indian films actor was found dead in his flat on February 6, 2008. Police had said prima facie he seemed to have hanged himself from the ceiling fan. Lovina, who also starred in an under-production film ‘‘ with him, was present in the flat at the time. She was arrested in the case briefly on the allegations leveled by Kunal‘s family but was later acquitted.

On August 9, 2016, an FIR was registered at the women‘s police station at Panchkula against Rahul and his parents on Lovina‘s complaint of dowry harassment and related charges. All the accused approached the high court for anticipatory bail. In their plea, they argued that relations between the couple soured “when Rahul came to know through the internet that the complainant remained in jail for three months in the year 2009 in case of murder of one Kunal Singh in the FIR registered at Oshiwaraa, Mumbai”.

The family members also argued that this crucial detail was not disclosed to them before marriage and it was highly difficult for them in come to terms with their daughter-in-law had been involved in such a case.

‘Husband, family filed wrong affidavit’

In her plea before the high court, Lovina contended that both her husband and his family were making false statements and knew about the 2009 case. She gave WhatsApp chats between her and Rahul, which took place in November 2014, three months before their marriage.

In a Whatsapp conversation on November 20, 2014, for instance, Lovina told Rahul that she was “sending Supreme Court judgment on limitation for filing appeal.” On November 22, 2014, she said, “Yes in this they have clearly mentioned that they will not challenge or go to Supreme Court.” On the same day, she informed Rahul that “I have been discharged from this case”. In reply, Rahul said, “Yea”.

Lovina argued that her husband and his parents had filed a wrong affidavit. Neither Rahul nor his parents filed a reply to the contentions.

Hearing the case, Justice Jaishree Thakur in her recently released orders, observed that perjury proceedings be initiated against Rahul’s family in view of the fact that the averments made in these petitions have gone unrebutted.

“The concerned magistrate is directed to register a complaint for initiating proceedings under Section 340 of the Code of Criminal Procedure against the respondents”, ordered the court.

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