A "missing" official of premier intelligence agency Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) was on Thursday asked by a Delhi court to pay Rs 20,000 per month as alimony to his estranged wife.
K Prasad, who went "missing" in 2007 from Singapore where he was allegedly on an assignment, will have to maintain his wife as the court proceeded ex-parte on her plea alleging that the RAW official was in an extra-marital affair.
The court, however, did not specify how its order on maintenance would be enforced.
"As the respondent (Prasad) failed to contest the suit, I don't find any reason to disbelieve the version of the petitioner on oath which is supported by the documents on record... In these circumstances, I grant the maintenance to the petitioner at Rs 20,000 per month with effect from the date of filing of the petition (August 9, 2007)," additional district judge Savita Rao said.
The wife of the official, in her petition, contended they were married since 1982 and had two daughters.
She alleged the behaviour of her husband towards her was "not proper but still she carried on with the marriage."
She, however, filed the petition in 2007 after the official went missing from Singapore where he had gone for three years in 2005. A missing report was also lodged by her.
"He was having an extra marital relationship with another woman and also secretly married her thereby, committing bigamy," she said in her plea.
The woman also produced photographs as well as call records of her husband and his "second" wife to substantiate her claims.
The woman told the court that Prasad was drawing a salary of more than Rs 50,000 per month in 2005 and at present, she was not aware of his income.
The court passed the order for alimony saying the wife was able to satisfy the court of her claims through relevant documents and Prasad did not appear before the court to refute them.