Upholding the man's conviction under Section 493 of the Indian Penal Code, the bench also resolved a dispute that arose between a two-judge bench on whether the actions of the man could attract penal provisions.
Section 493 prescribes imprisonment for up to 10 years. Upholding the concurrent judgments of the trial court and the high court, the SC convicted the man to three months in jail.
It took note of the man's actions and concluded he had made the woman believe that they were married.
The man got a marriage registration form signed by her and performed rituals celebrating birth of their children. Besides, the voters' list names the woman as his wife.