"my husband submitted in court semi-naked photographs"
During a divorce case in Bandra, Mumbai, a former Mr India, Jivesh Shetty, submitted a semi-nude photograph of his wife, Avanti, with another man in court.
However, the photo had allegedly been morphed. Shetty was charged and the Bombay High Court has rejected his anticipatory bail plea.
Prior to the High Court’s rejection, his plea was denied by the Sessions court.
Shetty, a celebrity fitness trainer, who owns a gym in South Mumbai, submitted the doctored photo as evidence in the Sessions court where the couple is fighting a bitter divorce battle.
In the Avanti’s complaint, she said: “I was shocked, mortified and appalled by the fact that my husband submitted in court semi-naked photographs of a woman with my face on it.”
Shetty claimed he found the photo while “scrolling on Instagram”, however, the court said custodial interrogation was required.
According to the police, he was unwilling to reveal the source of the photograph.
Additional Sessions Judge Surekha Patil said:
“A picture is posted on Instagram by a particular user ID and is visible only to her/his followers if the account is private, and to other users if the account is public.”
Because the police claimed that the man was unwilling to name the user ID, an interrogation was required.
The couple have been married since January 2013 and have a daughter together. However, since their separation, the daughter has been living with her mother.
In 2018, the woman had approached the Girgaum Metropolitan Magistrates’ court and accused her husband of domestic violence.
She claimed he had attempted to hit her when she objected to his purchases on “banned steroids and body supplements”.
According to the complainant, Shetty was spending huge sums of money and she got scared as she was intimidated by his physique and his mood swings due to injecting himself with steroids.
In addition, Avanti also alleged he was selling the banned steroids as well.
According to the statement via her lawyer Wesley Menezes, Avanti said that Shetty used to:
“Hoard and consume banned steroids in order to maintain his physique.
“When she took this up with Shetty, she was met with a violent and aggressive response.
“When confronted on hoarding and consuming banned steroids, he has on numerous occasions tried to assault her and has on numerous occasions threatened her with dire consequences.”
In August 2018, court magistrates granted Avanti temporary relief as they found that the Shetty was “deliberately avoiding” maintaining his wife and daughter.
They ordered him to pay Rs. 85,000 (£920) towards his daughter’s annual school fees.
Avanti also approached the court to request a divorce, citing physical assault, harassment and cruelty.
During the proceedings, her husband produced and filed the allegedly edited photograph of his wife.
Wesley Menezes, Avanti’s layer, immediately lodged a complaint before the judge.
Avanti added: “This has deeply sickened, shocked and embarrassed me as the photograph filed completely outrages my modesty as a woman and I am also a mother of a minor daughter.”
Police officers booked the man under Section 354 (outraging modesty) of the Indian Penal Code. The photos were sent for forensic analysis.
In the Avanti’s complaint, she said that she had informed the police about her mother-in-law claiming to have the nude photos. She threatened to circulate them.
Avanti also claimed that her husband had several “objectionable photographs” from the time they became husband and wife.
The former Mr India remains in police custody while the photo is being analysed to confirm if it is a fake.
According to Shetty’s website, his clientele includes the likes of Hollywood star Gerard Butler and business tycoons Yash Birla and Atul Ruia.