Dr Jutla covered for Dr Cavanagh at the Abbott Lane Surgery in July 2018. Rishi Sharma arrived for his health check, and took a fancy towards the doctor. He tells her about the successful family business and asks if she has any children. She reveals that she has a daughter, and Rishi sets Manpreet's daughter up on a date with his son Jai.
Manpreet and Rishi started dating and she got along well with his two children, Jai and Priya. By January 2019, Manpreet considered moving closer to the village in order to be closer to work and Rishi eventually asked her to move in with him. In February, Manpreet moved into Holdgate Farm but Jai started getting suspicious when she brought a box of things she didn't want him to touch. He then caught her trying to reason with debt collectors as they seized her car and eventually discovered she had a spending addiction. With Jai's himself having a history of addiction, he tried to help her get her to visit a support group. The following week, Manpreet stole from the factory accounts and eventually came clean to Rishi.
In July 2019, desperate to help Manpreet with her mounting debts, Rishi had let the factory pay the prize when he entered a deal with the ruthless Kim Take, taking a secret loan from her. Things turned even worse when a fire broke out at the factory the following month, forcing Rishi and Priya to give up their shares in the business and sell to Kim. Manpreet struggled with her guilt for how much Rishi had given up because of her problems and attempted to leave the village because of it but Priya and Jai found her before and convinced her to stay.