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Jharkhand HC suspends official linked to ‘love jihad’

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Ranchi. The Jharkhand High Court on Thursday, Aug. 28 suspended its registrar general (vigilance) for allegedly “convincing” shooter Tara Shahdeo to marry Ranjit Kohli even as he admitted to ‘nikah’ with her but denied coercing her to embrace Islam.

Kohli, the main accused in the highly-publicised ‘love jihad’ case, and his mother Kausal Rani were arrested from Delhi and brought to Ranchi where a local court sent them to 14 days’ judicial custody on Thursday.

The court ordered the suspension of Mustaq Ahmed after Tara accused him of playing a vital role in her marriage with Kohli.

Tara made the allegation in front of the chief judicial magistrate (CJM), Ranchi, on August 21 when her statement was registered.

According to sources, Tara said that Ahmed – who was a regular visitor to Kohli’s house – was present throughout the marriage.

However, Tara had not named Ahmed in her complaint to police wherein she accused Kohli of forcing her to convert to Islam after their after their marriage on July 7.

Kohli, 37, is also accused of causing her physical and mental torture besides confining her in a flat after their marriage.

Police, meanwhile, claimed that Kohli has confessed to conducting a ‘nikah’ with his wife, but denied coercing her or being a Muslim himself.

Before appearing in court, Kohli is said to have confessed to his “fascination” for Islam and also admitted to having a Muslim alias Raqibul Hassan Khan.

Confessions made to police during interrogation are, however, not admissible in court.

Kohli allegedly claimed that he and Tara had a quarrel on August 13 after she misbehaved with his 84-year-old mother, but the matter was soon sorted out.

A couple of days later, he said, he went to Delhi and on his return he was shocked to find his wife levelling serious allegations against him and his mother.

“Nothing is clear as yet. Both Kohli and Tara have their own explanations. All angles are being probed,” inspector general of police (IGP) Manvinder Singh Bhatia said.

Appearing before the court, Kohli told magistrate Neeraj Kr Srivastava that his case was a “family affair” and urged the court to prosecute him under the relevant section of the Indian Penal Code.

His mother, who entered the court room with support of a walking stick, asked the judge why she had been arrested. She said it was a family dispute and nothing more.

Police had earlier said they would probe whether Kohli had any links to terrorist groups or criminals because he appeared to have amassed a wealth in a very short time.

Tara, a gold-medal winning shooter, has said she will seek a divorce from Kohli. On Thursday, she claimed that Kohli was very close to a former governor of Jharkhand, who shielded her husband’s immoral and illegal businesses.


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