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Star astrologer behind bars after wife’s suicide


Mukesh Wakhunde claims a clientele that includes Salman Khan and the Kapoors; victim’s kin alleges dowry torture


Nazia Sayed


Posted On Monday, August 23, 2010 at 03:07:47 AM

An astrologer who claimed to have Bollywood stars and big league politicians as part of his clientele, has landed in jail on charges of driving his wife to suicide. The accused, Mukesh Wakhunde alias Girdhari, was arrested earlier this month following complaint from his Diva-based in-laws. He is lodged in Delhi’s Tihar jail.
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On May 5, Girdhari’s wife Kiran, just 20, burnt herself to death at the couple’s Paharganj residence in Delhi.

Her family registered a case saying she was killed. After two months, Girdhari, 26, was held on charges of abetment to suicide.

Investigating officer Kishan Chand from Paharganj Police Station said, “Our investigations revealed Girdhari could be involved in pushing his wife to suicide.”

Police said that Girdhari boasted of having personalities like Salman Khan and the Kapoors as his clients. Kishan Chand said, “He has an office near Mehboob Studios.” Girdhari married Kiran in December 2009. Her family said she was being harassed for dowry.

Kiran’s brother Lalit Vedanta said, “We agreed to the alliance thinking Girdhari was very well off. But soon after marriage, he started harassing Kiran for dowry.” Vedanta said the moment they heard Kiran had committed suicide, they were convinced Girdhari was involved (in her death).

Victim’s family said that the moment Kiran died, they suspected Girdhari

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