Lo­cal’s 2-year or­deal deep­ens

Busi­ness­woman says ha­rasser’s ‘hus­band’ is spread­ing lies about her

The Witness - - NEWS - SHARIKA REGCHAND • [email protected]­ness.co.za

THE two-year saga of a city busi­ness­woman, Kavitha Ner­puth, be­ing ha­rassed on so­cial me­dia has taken a new turn with defam­a­tory com­ments be­ing made un­der the Face­book pro­file of her al­leged ha­rasser’s “hus­band”.

But the man, Nitesh Singh, de­nies spread­ing lies about Ner­puth on Face­book and says he has not posted any­thing about her.

On Christ­mas Eve, Ner­puth ap­plied for an­other harass­ment or­der against Singh, fol­low­ing a sim­i­lar ap­pli­ca­tion against his “wife/part­ner”, Yugesh­nie Reddy. An in­terim or­der was granted.

Ner­puth said in the ap­pli­ca­tion that in Au­gust 2017, she had ap­plied for a pro­tec­tion-against-harass­ment or­der against Reddy, Singh’s “wife/part­ner”. The mat­ter was in court 14 times and has been set down for an in­quiry in March.

Reddy hit back, bring­ing a counter-ap­pli­ca­tion, which has been com­bined with Ner­puth’s mat­ter for hear­ing.

“The harass­ment against me has con­tin­ued un­abated. It has in­ten­si­fied now dur­ing the fes­tive sea­son. I ap­proached the po­lice and opened a crim­i­nal case. Since the po­lice be­gan their in­ves­ti­ga­tions, the harass­ment has got­ten even worse,” said Ner­puth.

Ner­puth said she has been tar­geted on the Post news­pa­per’s Face­book page by Singh. Po­lice con­tacted Reddy about this and she said the posts were not made by her, but by her hus­band.

“He has been spread­ing vi­cious lies about me, falsely claim­ing I am ob­sessed with him,” said Ner­puth.

She said Singh also said on that page that she is a “com­mon pros­ti­tute”.

“My busi­ness [For­ever Tea Com­pany] is also be­ing tar­geted. He makes di­rect ref­er­ence to my busi­ness and also falsely claims I am an ex­tor­tion­ist,” she said.

Rea­sons for Ner­puth want­ing the or­der in­cluded that the lies were caus­ing dis­tress to her fam­ily.

“Random peo­ple are con­tact­ing me be­cause of a fake pro­file that he is shar­ing … that con­tains my per­sonal de­tails. I am now the tar­get of nu­mer­ous un­known sex­ual preda­tors and re­quest ur­gent as­sis­tance.”

The in­terim harass­ment or­der was served on Singh.

De­spite this, he al­legedly made defam­a­tory com­ments about Ner­puth on his own Face­book page. Ner­puth told po­lice and Singh was charged with con­tra­ven­ing an in­ter­dict or­der and ap­peared in court.

The case was ad­journed.

On Fri­day, Singh ap­peared in the harass­ment court to pro­vide rea­sons why the tem­po­rary in­ter­dict should not be con­firmed.

He was rep­re­sented by at­tor­ney Reshen Pil­lay. Reddy was also present to sup­port him.

Ner­puth opted to rep­re­sent her­self. Pil­lay said that Singh de­nies the al­le­ga­tions and de­nies post­ing any­thing on his Face­book page about Ner­puth.

“He [Singh] too wants to get to the bot­tom of this ... he wants to try and find out who it was who made the posts,” said Pil­lay.

Ner­puth told the court this could be es­tab­lished by go­ing onto Singh’s Face­book page and check­ing on the set­tings to de­ter­mine when and from where posts were made. The mag­is­trate said it was not that sim­ple and that some sort of ex­pert needed to es­tab­lish this.

The case was ad­journed for in­for­ma­tion from Face­book about the posts.


Nitesh Singh and his wife Yugesh­nie Reddy are al­legedly har­rass­ing busi­ness­woman Kavitha Ner­puth.


Busi­ness­woman Kavitha Ner­puth.

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