Dowry case against Arjun Singh


New Delhi : A dowry harassment case has been registered in Moradabad against Union Human Resource Development Minister Arjun Singh on a complaint from the father of his grand daughter-in-law Priyanka.

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On his part, Arjun Singh denied here Monday any association with the branch of his family directly implicated by the erstwhile ruler of Narauli Madhvendra Singh.

Reacting to the reports Arjun Singh told newsmen: "It has nothing to do with me. I stay away from family matters."

Madhvendra Singh, whose daughter Priyanka had married Arjun Singh's grandson Abhijit Singh, has alleged that the minister and his family members have been demanding a Mercedes car along with a flat in Noida as dowry and have even beaten his daughter for not giving in to their demands.

He complained to the chief judicial magistrate (CJM) of Chandausi who directed the Moradabad police to register a case of dowry harassment.

The CJM of Moradabad passed orders for the registration of the case July 27. The magistrate directed the police to name Arjun Singh, his wife, his son Abhimanyu Singh, daughter-in-law Beena Singh, sister-in-law Aradhana Singh, grandson Abhijit, brother-in-law Dilip Singh and Dilip's daughter Mandakani Singh as accused in the case.

Moradabad's Senior Superintendent of Police Prem Prakash is reported to have admitted that the case was registered at the instance of the magistrate.

When asked why there was a two-day delay in registering a case despite the court order, Prakash said: "An inquiry was being conducted into the matter."