Bollywood actor Karisma Kapoor and her estranged businessman husband Sunjay Kapur have arrived at an amicable solution regarding the financial aspect of the matrimonial dispute, the Supreme Court was told on Tuesday. However, with many issues including “visitation” rights of Sunjay Kapur to see their kids -- who live with their mother -- remaining unresolved. The SC fixed April 8 for further hearing.
Both Sunjay Kapur and Karisma Kapoor turned up for the proceeding. A bench headed by Justice AK Sikri decided to conduct the proceeding in the chamber of the judge, after the courtroom got overwhelmed with onlookers aiming to get a glimpse of the actress.
Karisma Kapoor was escorted by female security officers throughout her appearance in the courtroom and court premises. Karisma’s lawyer Sandeep Kapur told HT that both parties have worked out “consent terms” and are in the process of finalising it before April 8, the next date of hearing.
“We are quickly moving towards settling the dispute. We will work out the modalities before the next date of hearing,” Sandeep Kapur said. Earlier, SC had asked Karisma Kapoor and Sanjay Kapur to sort out their matrimonial dispute amicably and said it would help the couple to resolve the differences. It had asked both to appear before it on March 8 to give them a personal hearing.
The top court was hearing Sanjay’s plea asking it to transfer the couple’s divorce petition from Mumbai to Delhi on the ground the businessman had received a threat from underworld don Ravi Pujari, forbidding him to visit Mumbai. The couple’s matrimonial dispute is pending before a Bandra court in Mumbai.
The couple had initially moved a mutual consent divorce petition before the court in 2014. Later the consent was withdrawn after differences cropped up between the two on over financial settlement and custody battle for their kids – a boy and girl. Sanjay filed a fresh petition asking for a judicial separation in December last. Karisma had also filed a case of harassment against Sunjay and his mother.
Sanjay and Karisma tied the knot in 2003. Things, however, turned sour soon. The two tried to work out for a few years after the Delhi high court advised the couple to explore the possibility of a settlement. Karisma moved out of Sunjay’s house in 2010 and permanently shifted base to Mumbai. In 2014, the two decided to end their 12 year long marriage and filed for a divorce through mutual consent.
Sanjay has claimed that Karisma used the kids as ‘pawns’ and didn’t let the Kapurs meet them frequently in order to claim more money. Sanjay also stated that she deprived his ailing father access to his grandkids.