Yukta Mookhey moves HC against protection from arrest to husband
Former Miss World Yukta Mookhey has approached the Bombay High Court, challenging the interim protection from arrest granted by a lower court to her estranged husband Prince Tuli, against whom she has filed a case for cruelty, harassment and unnatural sex.
Justice R P Sondur Baldota on Monday issued notice to Prince and posted the petition for hearing on August 23.
On July 3, Yukta filed a police case against her husband, parents-in-law and sisters-in-law under sections 498A (cruelty) and 406 (criminal breach of trust) of Indian Penal Code. She also accused her husband of offence under section 377 (unnatural sex).
Following this, Prince, his father Bacchiter Singh, mother Harinder Kaur Tuli and sisters Manmeet Kaur and Chandan Kaur approached the sessions court seeking anticipatory bail.
The sessions court granted them interim relief from arrest till August 31. Yukta has challenged this.
"His (Prince) application is posted for hearing tomorrow before the sessions court. The sessions court while granting him interim relief observed that the probe is at a preliminary stage and hence it would not go into the merits of the case but in its order the court said that after perusing the complaint it feels harassment case is not made out," Yukta's lawyers Pradeep Havnur and Jamshed Mistry said.
Prince has been appearing before the police for questioning as directed by the session court.
In 2008, Yukta married Prince whose family has a transport and hospitality business in Nagpur. She has been staying with her parents and three-year-old son for the last one year after falling out with husband and in-laws.