Thane woman forges husband’s sign for divorce; marries boyfriend

The Hush Post | 6:33 pm | One-minute read

A Thane woman forged her husband’s signature on divorce papers and then married her boyfriend. She then decamped with her husband’s money.

31-year-old Nilofer, a resident of Mumbra is now on the run and has sought an anticipatory bail following a complaint by her husband Yusuf Sherif Mastan.

Mastan has been working as a mechanic in a private company in the UAE since 2007.

Investigation officer SB Shinde said, “He (Mastan) had saved up enough money to buy a small place in Mumbra, where Nilofer stayed with her son. During his long absences, she reconnected with her old boyfriend and would splurge on him.”

Shinde said Mastan sold the house on Nilofer’s insistence and acquired another in her name in the same vicinity for Rs. 23 lakh.

Mastan doubted his wife as she used to talk for long hours on the phone. His worst fears came true when Nilofer refused to meet him on his return to India in 2017. She also restrained him from entering the house, the complaint said.

“With no options to stay, he shifted to a lodge at Shilphata and after making some discreet inquiries, he learnt that the house had been sold off for Rs. 32 Lakh and the money had been handed over to his wife,” said Shinde.

A lawyer sought to mediate, and reportedly obtained his signature on the stamp paper, saying it was merely a document stating they would stay separately for a brief period to give time for the marriage to work.

Following this Mastan went to back to Dubai. This year when Mastan returned, he was shown divorce papers with his signatures.

The papers dated sometime in April 2017, when Mastan was working abroad. The police officer said that it was a clear case of cheating and impersonation as Mastan was not in India on the date on which the divorce papers were signed.

Also, the police had verified his passport, visa, etc. and now it is clear that Mastan landed after the date. The charges of cheating, forgery and marrying again while the spouse is alive have been filed against Nilofer.

If convicted, Nilofer can be imprisoned for seven years. Also, her plea for anticipatory bail has been rejected by Thane Session Courts. She has now moved the Bombay High Court.

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