A doctor couple, who had gone on a vacation to Thailand, allegedly leaving their 13-year-old maid locked-up and starving in their flat at Dwarka in South West Delhi, was on Tuesday denied anticipatory bail by a court in Delhi.

“Anticipatory bail plea dismissed,” Additional District Judge I.S. Mehta said, declining the relief to Dr. Sanjay Verma and his wife Sumita, against whom look-out notices were issued on April 2, 2012 by the Delhi Police. The anticipatory bail plea made on behalf of the couple, wanted by the police for allegedly employing a child below 14 years of age and exploiting her, contended that the section 26 (exploitation of juvenile or child employee) of the Juvenile Justice Act, 2000, is not applicable to them.

Appearing for the doctor couple, their counsel told the court that his clients…

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