A sessions court on Thursday rejected the bail application of a 28-year-old Mahim-based law graduate, who was arrested for allegedly indulging in unnatural sexual offences and later, video recording the same. The court, presided over by judge AS Shende, passed the order after the advocate appearing on behalf of the complainant informed the court that there was evidence which showed that the accused had committed similar acts with more than one girl and had recorded the act.
The case dates back to April 10, 2014, when the complainant's daughter got married to the accused, Nihaal Bagadia, who is a business man. "On April 10, 2014, Mannat (name changed), got married to Nihaal and the entire ceremony was celebrated with great joy. After the marriage, the couple left for their honeymoon to Singapore, which is when she came across the dastard face of Nihaal. He revealed to her that he was in an extra-marital affair, and that the both of them used to be involved in committing unnatural sex. When Mannat refused to act according to Nihaal's demand, he tortured her."
A few days after the incident, when they both returned to Mumbai, she narrated the incident to her father, who asked her to return to her maternal home. "At the time of leaving her matrimonial house, she took her laptop and returned. However, when she came home, she realised that, at the time of transferring the wedding pictures to her laptop, Nihaal had also transferred the videos of his despicable act. After looking at theses videos, the entire family was taken aback. They approached the police and registered a complainant," read the statement.
The police arrested him on July 29 and he was sentenced to total police custody of almost five days. After that, Nihaal filed for his bail stating it was merely a matrimonial dispute.
However, it was opposed by the prosecution as well as the advocate appearing on behalf of the complainant. Advocate Rizwan Merchant, who was appearing on behalf of the complainant, informed the court that the crime committed by the accused was a contagious crime and that the disease was not only in his mind, but also in his body. "If Nihaal is released on bail, there is a possibility of him tampering with the witnesses," said advocate Merchant.