My answers are as follows:
IO asked me join the investigation and now he’s asking us to sit with wife’s family and agree on the item list and return them. Since my wife is not in India, are we supposed to return the items?
Ans: You are advised to first try for staying such FIR on the ground your wife is in Abroad and effective investigation cannot be taken place in her absence. You may submit such items under protest and having received an acknowledgment from parents-in-law.
What’s the process for returning of items? What items are actually considered i.e. physical items or what?
Ans: The physical items that is ornaments and any other gifts to be returned under protest reserving liberty to prove your innocence having not taken such items towards dowry. If any immovable property is the registered in your name then it may be released in their favour under protest reserving liberty to prove your innocence having not taken such property towards dowry.
What are our rights in this case?
Ans: Usually High Court do not allow further investigation in the absences of complainant who is the star witness for the prosecution.
Seeking the wrong done by my wife, what other kind of actions. I can take against her?
Ans: You can take action against your wife and your in-laws only after a finding is given in your favour that you are innocent.