Relative of India’s President Under Dowry Harassment Investigation

Bangalore, December 20, 2011

Rahul G Patil, the nephew of India’s President, Pratibha Patil, is currently under investigation for dowry harassment, in a case filed against him by his wife Prachi Singh Patil. Prachi and Rahul got married in 2007. In 2009, she complained at the Byappanahalli police station that her in-laws came to Bangalore and harassed her for dowry. She filed a complaint in Mumbai against her husband and in-laws before coming to stay in Bangalore with her brother.

The High Court in Bangalore disposed of the case observing that a major portion of the alleged offence had taken place outside Karnataka — in Maharashtra and UP. However, it gave Prachi Singh liberty to file fresh complaints in Mumbai  where the offence was committed. The court also noted that the law of limitation would not be applied as Prachi had already filed the complaint here. Read the report here.


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