NRI husband offers 32 lakh rupees (about US$ 48,000) to settle dowry case

A few months ago there was news from Indian supreme court on enforcement of anti-dowry law ("Indian Supreme Court says: women 'misusing' dowry law" ). In an interesting twist, an Indian woman lodged a First Information Report (FIR) against her husband and mother-in-law at Dattawadi police station in India under various provisions of the IPC for offences including dowry harassment (section 498A) and assault (section 323).

Based on the FIR a lookout notice was issued against the mother and son by the deputy director, Indian Bureau of Immigration. Apprehending arrest if they returned to India, the two approached the Mumbai High Court seeking relief.

The NRI husband had approached the High Court to 'settle' the case offering 31.6 lakh rupees (about US$ 48,000) and returning the wife's personal belongings, including silver utensils, that was left back in her matrimonial home in America.

As per media account (link), a division bench of Justice Ranjit More and Justice Shalini Phansalkar Joshi, extended the interim relief granted to the man-a direction to stay the lookout notices issued to airports across the country and restraining the investigation officer from taking any coercive steps.
"Since the parties are exploring possibility of settlement, he is permitted to deposit the said settlement amount in the registry. This amount, however, shall not be withdrawn by the wife until disposal of present petitions as well as proceedings before the family court for divorce," said the bench, adding, "It is made clear that, in the event settlement does not go through, the man is at liberty to apply for withdrawal of the said amount."
In court, their lawyer said that the couple were exploring a settlement.

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