The wed­ding scan­ners

Among the list of very im­por­tant ser­vice providers re­quired for a wed­ding, you have the caterer, the florist and now... de­tec­tives


It was a match made in heaven… in the skies ac­tu­ally. He was a fre­quent flyer and she an airhost­ess. He would ad­mire her from the first class and she would try to make air­line food that bit more spe­cial. The folks were happy, friends con­grat­u­lated the pair and ev­ery­thing seemed per­fect.

Un­til a back­ground check re­vealed that the man al­ready had a wife, two kids and a his­tory of credit card fraud. This plane had to land.

Then there was the case of a hus­band find­ing women’s un­der­wear tucked away in the cup­board. Strange, be­cause the gar­ment wasn’t the wife’s and even stranger was the fact that she turned hos­tile. Shocked, the man ‘or­dered a tail’ on his wife (of just four months) and soon un­cov­ered a les­bian af­fair that had been on since col­lege. And what’s a tail you might ask. Well, that term is part of a spe­cial kind of ser­vice that’s fast-emerg­ing in the city. For de­tec­tive agen­cies na­tion­wide, Hyderabad is the sec­ond largest mar­ket for pre- and post-wed­ding back­ground checks. The city has be­come so im­por­tant, that, sev­eral firms have opened branch of­fices here. “Af­ter Delhi, Hyderabad is the big one…,” re­veals Rahul Rai, a se­nior as­so­ciate with Vet­eran In­ves­ti­ga­tion Ser­vices. Hyderabad pays more for ‘qual­ity ser­vices’ and we rarely get re­quests for rate ne­go­ti­a­tions, he says. So, what are the kind of calls com­ing in? “There’s been a rise in the num­ber of men call­ing, ask­ing for back­ground checks on wives or girl­friends,” Rai re­veals. “Re­cently, an in­dus­tri­al­ist from Hyderabad hired us to gather ev­i­dence against his son-in-law, who was sus­pected to be a bi­sex­ual... turned out he was. But why? Why go to the ex­tent of plac­ing bugs and fam­ily mem­bers un­der 24hour sur­veil­lance? A sleuth, who re­fused to be iden­ti­fied, ex­plains, “We keep it very quiet. For in­flu­en­tial fam­i­lies, wor­ried about rep­u­ta­tions, we of­fer an ideal

way out of sticky sit­u­a­tions.”

(above) De­tec­tive Rahul Rai; (be­low) Cap­tain D.K. Giri

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