“Pay wife Rs. 2.6 Crores alimony arrears or go to jail”: Supreme Court to husband

Team SoOLEGAL 22 Feb 2021 4:24pm

“Pay wife Rs. 2.6 Crores alimony arrears or go to jail”: Supreme Court to husband

On Friday, 19th February, 2021, the Supreme Court of India gives a final warning to a man (respondent) to pay and clear his maintenance dues worth Rs. 2.6 Crores to his wife and pay monthly maintenance of Rs. 1.75 Lakhs and if he fails to abide by the order, he will be sent to jail.

The bench consisting of Chief Justice S.A. Bobde, Justice S.A. Bopanna and Justice V. Ramasubramanian stated that this is the last chance given to the respondent to clear all the due maintenance fee within 4weeks of time. The next hearing will be held after 4 weeks and if it is found that the man has failed to follow the orders then the bench will take the decision of punishing him with imprisonment.

The Advocate, on behalf of the woman (petitioner) stated that the husband has enough earning to pay this maintenance amount to his wife but he has purposely been avoiding paying the fee. To this, the Supreme Court of India passed two orders, first being that pending maintenance amount since the year 2009 amounts to approx Rs. 2.6 Crores has to be cleared without any delay within 4 weeks, out of which Rs. 50 Lakhs has already been paid and the second being that after this, the monthly maintenance payment that fee will be Rs. 1.75 Lakhs.

 The Advocate, on behalf of the respondent argued that if the husband is sent to prison then it would not be possible for him to the maintenance fee to his wife. The Bench, to this replied that this would definitely serve the interest of justice. The Bench further stated that it is the duty of the husband to maintain his wife after divorce and directed him to take loan and clear the pending amount to his divorced wife. The Court mentioned that the next hearing of this matter will be listed after 4 weeks so the Court can keep track whether the husband is following the court orders and failing to do so will lead the husband to civil imprisonment. 

Tagged: Supreme Court   Chief Justice S.A. Bobde   Justice S.A. Bopanna   Justice V. Ramasubramanian  
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Rohit Chandel   24 Feb 2021 8:02pm
I need full copy of this order pls mail me

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