STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE
New Delhi, 11 November
BSP MP Dhananjay Singh today claimed that he has been "framed" in the murder case of his domestic help, in which he has been arrested along with his wife Jagriti as both were residing separately due to her unpredictable and violent behaviour.
A member of Parliament from Jaunpur in Uttar Pradesh, Dhananjay said in his bail plea that even as per the FIR lodged in the case the alleged torture meted out to the maid started from 1 November and she died purportedly on 4 November, the period during which he was in his constituency.
He also claimed that he had already filed a divorce petition before a court here as Jagriti, a dental surgeon at the RML Hospital here, used to suffer from bouts of hyper anger and she also used to become violent.
"In May last year, I took my wife to a doctor for advice on change in her behavioural and mental status but she did not continue with the medicines prescribed to her… I was residing separately, the servants working at my official residence at 175, South Avenue, where my wife used to live, were at the discretion of Jagriti and I used to only pay their salary," added the MP. He added that after he came to Delhi from his constituency on 4 November, he informed the police about the matter and his continuous absence from the house where the incident took place "speaks volume about his non-complicity".
In his plea, the MP’s counsel said, "The mens rea which is pre-requisite of offence of abatement is completely missing because neither the applicant (MP) was disgruntled with the complainant nor he had any motive to inflict or get inflicted any injury on the complainant or the deceased."
Dhananjay, who along with his wife Jagriti, was today sent to judicial custody till 15 November, filed the bail plea through advocates S P M Tripathi and Santosh Pandey.
Metropolitan Magistrate Gomati Manocha has directed the police to file a reply on the bail plea and fixed it for hearing on 15 November.