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Gujarat high court orders Red Corner notice against NRI


Gujarat high court orders Red Corner notice

A twenty-seven-year-old woman from Mansa town in Gandhinagar district, Volga Patel, has legally fought her way to getting a Red Corner notice issued against her NRI husband, who deserted her and left for the USA soon after their weddding.

AHMEDABAD: A twenty-seven-year-old woman from Mansa town in Gandhinagar district, Volga Patel, has legally fought her way to getting a Red Corner notice issued against her NRI husband, who deserted her and left for the USA soon after their weddding.

Gujarat high court on Monday directed the authorities to issue a Red Corner notice against Volga's husband within six weeks.

According to Volga's advocate Keyur Vyas, Volga's marriage with Jinal Patel from California took place in 2015. The match-making took place on basis of an advertisement published by Jinal's family before his arrival in India.

Jinal returned to US after the wedding and remained in touch with his wife, but that communication stopped after a few months. Volga's migration procedure did not move further and Jinal stopped taking interest in having her move to the US. Volga's family dug out information about Jinal, and were surprised to find he was allegedly already married to an NRI girl from Anand. Their wedding had taken place in the US and Vyas allegedly suppressed this information during his nuptials with Volga.

Moreover, Jinal instituted divorce proceedings in a California court. A notice from the US court was served on Volga, and she quickly approached Mansa police. Jinal, his family members and an intermediary who facilitated the marriage, were booked under section 498A of the IPC. Volga also filed a case in a local court under the Domestic Violence Act. Volga also replied to the US court's notice, declining to give Jinal a divorce.

On the other hand, local courts faced problems in sending notices to Jinal in the US for cases Volga has lodged. To get the process expedited, Volga moved the high court so the issue could be taken up at the highest level.

After the high court issued a notice to the state government, Mansa police told the court that the process for issuing a Red Corner notice has already been initiated. Justice A J Desai directed the authorities to complete the process of issuing the notice in six weeks, and disposed of Volga's petition.

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