NEW DELHI: Luck finally ran out for 60-year-old Joginder Singh, who in 2003 had faked his own death to escape legal proceedings for maintenance demanded by his estranged second wife. Singh was apprehended from near Nawaria Park in outer Delhi's Mangolpuri R-block on August 10 when he was trying to hide behind a tree from a police patrolling party.
Singh, who is from Ludhiana, recently retired from JK Industries in Udaipur and is currently unemployed. After the death of his first wife, he married Sukhwinder Kaur and the two later separated. After that, he secretly got married for the third time to one Kulwant Kaur.
On being questioned, Singh told police that he had gone to Mongolpuri to meet one of his nieces, Avinash Kaur. When police contacted Kaur, she claimed that Singh, her maternal uncle, had died in 2003 after he was arrested in a narcotics case. Singh was in Central Jail, Ludhiana when he jumped parole and faked his death.
"Avinash said that Singh had died in Civil Hospital, Ludhiana in October 2003 after which a postmortem was conducted. The house in which Avinash lives belongs to her uncle who had earlier allowed her to permanently stay there,'' said DCP (outer) Chhaya Sharma. Investigators also discovered that Singh's second wife, Sukhwinder, had filed a case in a Delhi court demanding eviction of Avinash Kaur from the house stating that Singh was dead.
A police team then headed to Central Jail in Ludhiana, where it was revealed that another undertrial at the jail whose name, too, was Joginder Singh had died in 2003. Incidentally, the names of their parents were same, however, those of their grandfathers' were found to be different. Sensing foul play, police again interrogated Singh, who then revealed that he had a strained relationship with Sukhwinder for eight years and that the couple had four children.
When Sukhwinder filed a case for maintenance in 2002, Singh fled from Yamuna Nagar to Ludhiana to avoid legal proceedings, Sharma added. "Another person who was named Joginder Singh died at the Civil Hospital around the same time at the Civil Hospital. Singh came to know about this and made use of the opportunity and faked it as his own death,'' DCP Sharma said.
"He sent details of the death of the other Joginder Singh to Sukhwinder so that she closes all legal proceedings against him,'' Sharma added.
The exercise is pre-programmed from moms to balas and then done more by errant wives - able bodied, feed biryani all their lives, masters degree but like to ideate at mom's home and love riding upskirt four horses (DV maint. + S. 125 CrPC Maint. + S. 24 Maint. + S. 18 HAMA maint.) so what one expects a 60 years old man to do !