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Court seeks contract between maid, government

NEW DELHI: The Delhi High Court has directed the Union of India to furnish documents, including a copy of the contract signed between it and the Indian maid, who has moved a US court against h

Published: 14th March 2012 02:11 AM  |   Last Updated: 16th May 2012 06:35 PM   |  A+A-

NEW DELHI: The Delhi High Court has directed the Union of India to furnish documents, including a copy of the contract signed between it and the Indian maid, who has moved a US court against her former employers, an Indian diplomat and her husband, for allegedly abusing her.

Justice Kailash Gambhir asked the Additional Solicitor General A S Chandiok appearing for the government to file a copy of the bank account in which the government had paid the salary of Shanti Gurung.

Justice Gambhir also asked the Union of India to submit before the court the medical documents, if any, relating to her weight as Gurung had alleged that her weight had registered a steep reduction when she was employed with Neena Malhotra and her husband Yogesh Malhotra in the US.

The judge was hearing the Union of India’s plea, seeking an order restraining Gurung from pursuing a case in the US against the Malhotras as the diplomat enjoyed immunity abroad. The Ministry of External Affairs had said in its suit that the case filed by the maid with the help of a voluntary organisation against the Malhotras was an abuse of process of law as the allegations were totally baseless and malafide.

It may be recalled that very recently a US judge had recommended that the Malhotras cough up about $ 1.5 million to Gurung as damages for her complaint of slavery.



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