CHICAGO (CBS) — An Indian immigrant who has spent the past six months in jail for failing to pay child support was set free Thursday, by the same judge who had him locked up, after an anonymous lawyer intervened on the man’s behalf.
Rohit Bhansali owned a jewelry store on Wabash Avenue, but the business failed, and when he was ordered to pay $1,000-a-month in child support, he claimed that would be 100 percent of his salary.
He didn’t pay, and Cook County Judge Veronica Mathein sent him to jail in June for contempt, and said he’d stay there until he paid $8,000.
Bhansali never did pay, but his brother said it was an injustice to send him to jail.
“Unbelievable. America is freedom, justice,” he said.