BENGALURU: A 29-year-old woman allegedly cheated a ‘superstitious’ software engineer working for Wipro Technologies in the city of more than `25 lakh. She had allegedly convinced him that they belonged to the mythological ‘Naga Kula’.
A complaint with such peculiar allegations was filed with the JP Nagar police by 30-year-old Nagaraj (name changed) against Nagini (name changed), a mother of a child residing at Katriguppa. She is a native of Chikkamagaluru district.
It all started in 2010 when Nagaraj moved from Mumbai to Bengaluru. One fine day, he received a call from an unknown woman on his mobile phone. One phone call led to many and eventually they became friends.
A few days later, she convinced him that she was a ‘Nagini’ (snake) and could change her form at will. Nagaraj, despite being a software engineer, believed her when she said that they both belong to ‘Naga Kula’ and that their relationship was 1,000 years old. She also said that their marriage was ‘Gandharva Vivaha’ and due to some error of fate in the Naga Loka, they had come to this world.
After Nagaraj was totally convinced, she warned him of serious health complications if a particular ritual was not performed. She allegedly asked him to share some gold ornaments and money for the ritual. He then transferred `25 lakh cash and also gave her gold between 2010 and 2016. He received money from his parents on various pretexts such as spending it for higher studies, only to fulfil the demands of the accused.
Eventually, it dawned on Nagaraj that he was being duped and he filed a police complaint. His problems compounded as Nagini tried to prevent his engagement to another woman.Following the complaint, Nagini approached the sessions court seeking anticipatory bail, claiming that she was innocent and was falsely implicated. She said that Nagaraj used to call her over the phone seeking sexual favours.
During the hearing on November 4, the public prosecutor contended that there was clear evidence to prove the allegations against the accused. After hearing the defence, sessions court judge Vanamala Anandrao allowed the woman’s anticipatory bail plea.