Srinagar: A Srinagar man sentenced to two-year imprisonment for duping a foreigner of Rs 36 lakhs after promising to marry her has appealed against the verdict.
The appellant, Mohsan Shah, challenged the conviction handed over by the Forest magistrate Srinagar under section 420 and 109 RPC, in the court of Additional Sessions Judge Srinagar.
Shah’s counsel, Ishtiyaq Ahmad Khan argued that the conviction was not sustainable owing to the fact that the complainant is a transgender “who has been faking his identity as female just to lure the handsome and young boys in order to blackmail them for money”.
The court after hearing the arguments of both the counsels posted the case for further arguments on July 26.
According to a complaint by Sarawit Patara Chokchai, a Thai national living in Germany, she arrived as a tourist in Kashmir in 2007 and came in contact with Mohsin Shah, a salesman at Shaw Art Palace.
In the days following, Shah followed her, took her out on sightseeing, and expressed interest in marriage. He also took her home, and introduced Sarawit to his parents.
However, over the years, Shah bought a car, and raised a house on money sent by Sarawit, telling her that these would be transferred in her name. However, Sarawit eventually came to know that Shah was married, and was cheating her.
Sarawit felt she had been deceived when Shah started showing disinterest and anger towards her besides trying to avoid.