The husband of 39-year-old flight attendant Anissia Batra, who allegedly jumped to death from the terrace of her house in Delhi, was arrested after an hour of questioning.
Mayank Singhvi was booked late evening Monday on charges of harassing the deceased for a share in her flat proceeds and dowry.
Anissa recently sold her flat in Delhi’s Vasant Vihar for 1.2 crore and kept the money in her bank account which Singhvi allegedly demanded leading to fierce fights between the two, , it is alleged.
Anissa is a Chandigargh native and daughter of retired Indian Army major general who worked for German airliner Lufthansa.
Singhvi worked for a research firm before switching for a senior position with a real estate company. His father is a chartered accountant who owns two houses in Panchseel Park, said an investigator.
Anissia’s parents told police that Singhvi was abusive right from the beginning of their marriage in 2016. Singhvi beat her up in the hotel lobby while on honeymoon and she returned alone to India, they said.
“Despite assurances from Singhvi’s parents, he would drink and beat up my daughter frequently prompting us to make to and fro trips to Delhi,” said Anissa’s mother Neelam.
Singhvi allegedly never wanted his wife’s parents come visiting and beat Neelam too once breaking his bracelet in the violence.
The fights over flat proceeds intensified since April and on Jne 27 Anissia’s parents visited Hauz Khas police station stating that Singhvi would be responsible for an untoward incident that might occur.
After Anissia’s death on Friday, a forensic team was called in to reconstruct sequence of event leading to the alleged suicide.
On 13 June, the police said, the couple had long drawn fight following which Anissa sent her brother the message about the quarrel and later an SMS saying she would jump off the terrace.
She also send a similar SMS to Singhvi who ran up the terrace to find the door locked from inside. He hurried down where a labourer said a woman had jumped down the building.
Police have concluded the case stating Anissa was not pushed to death as feared by her relatives.
Anissa’s parents had a second post-mortem done with video-recording.
Singhvi’s parents alleged that Anissa hid her divorcee status from them until after marriage.
Police have recorded a case of dowry harassment against Singhvi. Police said they wanted to book his parents under same charge but lacked sufficient evidence for it.