Noida: The Gautam Budh Nagar district court on Wednesday acquitted all the accused in the Nisha Sharma dowry case due to lack of concrete evidence. Nisha had shot to fame in 2003 after she called the police alleging that her bridegroom Manish Dalal and his parents had demanded Rs 12 lakh and car as dowry before the wedding. Police had arrested Manish Dalal and his family for dowry harassment.
But on Wednesday the Gautam Budh Nagar district court of Chief Judicial Magistrate Vipin Sharma acquitted all the accused after finding that Nisha Sharma, a resident of Noida’s Sector 56, and his family had levelled the dowry charges against Dalal and his family to avoid the marriage.
Dalal, his mother Vidya Dalal and his aunt Savitri Sharma had been arrested for allegedly demanding dowry just before the marriage.
According to the court the prosecutions failed to prove that the bridegroom and his family had demanded more dowry as alleged by Nisha’s father DD Sharma. The court observed that there was “lack of strong evidence” in the case against Dalal and his relatives.
The court also acquitted Navneet Rai, the man who Nisha claimed had forged documents to prove that he was married to her. The court ruled that the affidavit that Navneet had circulated was not forged.
Nisha’s lawyers plan to challenge the order in a higher court.
The marriage of Nisha and Manish was scheduled on May 11, 2003. The groom’s party had reached the marriage site at Sector 11 in Noida when the accused had allegedly demanded a dowry of Rs 12 lakh and car at the last moment.
Nisha then had claimed to have sent the would-be bridegroom back and lodged a dowry case against them at Sector 24 police station.
Source: IBN Live