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July 5th, 2008 - 12:58 pm ICT by IANS  

By Sudeshna Sarkar
Kathmandu, July 5 (IANS) Plunged into a media whirlpool within hours of her engagement to criminal mastermind Charles Sobhraj becoming public, 20-year-old Nepali beauty Nihita Biswas Saturday took up cudgels on behalf of her jailed 64-year-old love to fight media allegations that he is a bigamist. While Nihita is being hounded by the media, both from home and abroad, Sobhraj, serving a 20-year jail term for the murder of an American tourist more than three decades ago, has had his past raked up by the media that is making no attempt to sift gossip from proven facts.

“Sobhraj faces bigamy charge if he remarries,” Nepali daily Himalayan Times said in a front-page report Saturday.

“Sobhraj is already married to Chantal, who lives in France,” the daily said. “He also has a wife in Australia.”

On Friday, an Indian television station aired a telephonic conversation with one of Sobhraj’s lawyers, who said he was “shocked” to hear about the engagement, especially since Sobhraj was already married.

Nihita is rebutting the charge of bigamy, calling it “absolutely false and defamatory”.

In her rejoinders to the TV station as well as the daily, she says Sobhraj married a French woman in 1969 but the marriage ended eight years later.

In 1976, after Indian police arrested Sobhraj and he was sent to New Delhi’s Tihar Jail, his French wife sued for divorce and in 1977, a Paris court granted it.

There are dozens of official documents to prove the divorce, including some at the French Embassy in New Delhi, which sent an official to Tihar Jail to meet Sobhraj and inform him about the divorce decree, Nihita says.

After he was deported from India in the 1990s, Sobhraj came together with his former wife for the sake of their daughter but they never officially remarried.

Regarding the allegation that he also married an Australian woman, the new fianc

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