Dowry harassment: Rambha faces arrest, no truth says her Brother
However, Srinivas refutes all the allegations, and claims that Rambha’s name has been dragged into the case for no reason.
“Rambha’s name does not figure in the complaint. Anyway, Pallavi had lodged a complaint in February, and I’ve got relaxation for it from a court in Hyderabad. I don’t know from where this new case has originated,” says Srinivas.
“Moreover, Rambha is settled in Toronto, and hasn’t visited India for the past four years. Pallavi has said that she was beaten and harassed by Rambha. How can she harass Pallavi from Toronto?”
Giving out more details, he says, “On February 4, I’d filed a case in Chennai, saying that Pallavi’s family had not returned Rambha’s wedding jewellery that they had borrowed. When they got to know of this, they lodged a counter complaint in Hyderabad on February 10, saying we had harassed Pallavi for dowry. Her father called me in between, asking me to take back the complaint if we didn’t want them to press more charges. I believe it’s all just an eyewash and a way to divert the police investigation. The complaint they had filed only has my name. My sister or my parents’ names do not appear in it. Earlier as well, there have been instances of Pallavi’s mother borrowing jewellery and not returning it.”
He adds, “I think the media got wind of this now and Pallavi has played the cards to her advantage. She must have mentioned me as being Rambha’s brother, and that’s how my sister’s name has also got dragged into it.”
What does Rambha have to say about this?
Says Srinivas, “She is holidaying in London with her family, and she was amused when she heard about it. Her husband is a well-to-do industrialist and even she has her own savings. There’s no need for her to harass my wife for money.”
Earlier:Former actor Rambha and her family members were booked for alleged dowry harassment by the Banjara Hills police on Tuesday.
Acting on the directions of a local court, police registered a dowry harassment case against the actress, her brother Srinivasa Rao and their parents Venkateshwar Rao and Usha Rani under section 498-A (subjecting a married woman to cruelty) of the IPC and sections 3 & 5 of the Dowry Prohibition Act.
In her petition to the court, Rambha's sister-in-law Pallavi alleged that her husband Srinivas Rao had been harassing her for additional dowry for the past one year. "Pallavi alleged that Srinivas became addicted to liquor after incurring losses in business a couple of years ago. She said that he became close to another woman and, with the instigation of his parents and sister, started harassing her for additional dowry to invest in business. Pallavi also alleged that Srinivas had mortgaged all her gold jewellery," Banjara Hills inspector P Murali Krishna said. Pallavi, a resident of Road No 2, Banjara Hills, had married Srinivas in 1999 and the couple has two children. The family settled in Chennai, but unable to put up with the alleged harassment by her husband, Pallavi had left Chennai six months ago and returned to her parents' house in the city.
After returning to her parent's house, Pallavi filed a petition in the III chief metropolitan magistrate's court in Nampally against her husband and in-laws. Based on the court's direction, Banjara Hills police on Tuesday registered a case against the four.