Pakistani singer Adnan Sami heaved a sigh of relief on Tuesday after he got anticipatory bail from the Bombay High Court. The singer got the bail from the vacation bench of the court in connection with the case of alleged harassment filed by his wife.
Adnan has got the advance bail on condition of providing two sureties of Rs 15,000 each. He will also have to surrender his passport after his next week’s foreign tour.
Sessions court had last week rejected Adnan’s anticipatory bail application, but granted anticipatory bail to his parents. He subsequently moved the High Court. The court had on Monday granted him a day’s protection.
Adnan’s wife Saba Galadari had lodged a complaint with the suburban Oshiwara police station alleging that he was subjecting her to cruelty and was blackmailing her. She alleged that Adnan possessed a VCD and some photographs which showed her in compromising position and had threatened to circulate them if she did not return the flats which he had gifted her.
Prosecution as well as Saba’s counsel argued before vacation judge Mridula Bhatkar that police will have to question Adnan to find out about the alleged photographs.
However, Adnan’s lawyers Vibhav Krishna and Amit Desai denied the allegations about the photographs. As for the VCD, the lawyers stated that it has been deposited with the sessions court.
Justice Bhatkar, while granting anticipatory bail to Adnan, observed that that there was only apprehension of misuse of alleged photos, but not any actual instance. Justice Bhatkar further noted that though there were six non-cognisable cases of assault filed by Saba against Adnan, there were no medical records to back them. The alleged photos were taken with Saba’s consent (when their relations were good), as per her own admission, court said.
Court also noted that Adnan, a Pakistani national, was living in India since 1993. Court asked him to surrender his passport, but before that he has been allowed to go to Canada for a pre-scheduled tour. Thereafter he will have to seek lower court’s permission if he wants to travel abroad.
The court has, however, cautioned him not to display or circulate any photographs of Saba, or tamper with evidence.
The court in February had asked the couple to go before the family court following a suit Saba in a case relating to property dispute
Adnan had argued that this is a subsisting marriage and the dispute is between husband and wife