Staff Reporter

VISAKHAPATNAM: A judicial officer working in Vizaiangaram district is in a spot over the allegation made by a woman that he married her secretly on November 4, 2007, in the city and later tried to marry another woman on April 30.

Following her allegation, which she made in the III Town Police Station on Saturday, the April 30 marriage has been reportedly cancelled with the bride’s parents demanding refund of amount they gave to the groom’s family towards marriage expenses.

Responding to the allegation, Vizianagaram District Judge and District Legal Cell Authority Chairman P. Jagannadha Rao held a meeting with the complainant, her parents and Mahila Chetana president Ramani, general secretary K. Padma, joint secretary Anjali and treasurer Satyavati on Monday. Mr. Rao, who held the meeting in his capacity as District Legal Cell Authority Chairman, gave a patient hearing and sought a written complaint.

The complainant, 25, who is preparing for group-I exams, said she came in contact with the accused at Pithapuram in East Godavari district when he was a junior lawyer. Her previous marriage was on the rocks on day 1 and she obtained divorce in April 2005.

When contacted, III Town Station House Officer A. Narasimha Murthy told The Hindu that they were trying to seek legal opinion and verify the authenticity of the complaint before registering an FIR.

Ms. Padma alleged that there was delay in booking a case under Section 496 (cheating in the name of marriage) and arrest of the judicial officer.

She said prima facie there was a case and there should not further delay in registering an FIR.