Ad­vo­cate’s wife de­mands rs 75 crore from Hus­band

The Sunday Guardian - - Covert -

He is a be­low-40-year-old ad­vo­cate, with a com­fort­able prac­tice. The son of a well-known se­nior lawyer and a politi­cian, he re­cently was shocked when his es­tranged wife slapped on him and his fam­ily mem­bers a “com­pen­sa­tion” de­mand for caus­ing her “men­tal trauma” un­der the Do­mes­tic Vi­o­lence Act, 2005 at a South Delhi Fam­ily Court. The wife has de­manded Rs 75 crore, with Rs 20 lakh as monthly main­te­nance and a farm­house as grand in size as the one pos­sessed by her fa­ther-in-law, mak­ing it per­haps the big­gest com­pen­sa­tion de­mand case in the na­tional cap­i­tal. The ad­vo­cate has de­scribed her al­le­ga­tions as false. In­ter­est­ingly, she is not yet talk­ing about a di­vorce in the nine-year-old mar­riage, al­though she has been liv­ing sep­a­rately for past one year. How did she reach the fig­ure of Rs 75 crore? In her pe­ti­tion, ac­cord­ing to him, she has claimed that her hus­band is the son of a rich ad­vo­cate-cum-politi­cian, who owns sev­eral farm­houses and flats in the na­tional cap­i­tal and out­side, and that his fam­ily pos­sesses ex­pen­sive cars, watches and jew­ellery. She is the di­rec­tor in a lux­ury brand com­pany owned by her fa­ther, who is said to be close to a se­nior Congress leader who is try­ing to be­come the party’s chief in Mad­hya Pradesh. She is also run­ning a pop­u­lar sa­lon in a South Delhi colony. The ad­vo­cate hus­band is not liv­ing with his fa­ther. For long, he has been re­sid­ing in a rented apart­ment. “My fluc­tu­at­ing monthly in­come from le­gal prac­tice is less than Rs 5 lakh. Let her fight it out, I am not in a hurry,” he has con­veyed to her coun­sel. “I prom­ise to bear all the ed­u­ca­tion ex­penses of our four-year-old daugh­ter,” he has said. He has not been al­lowed to see his daugh­ter for the past six months.

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