The Delhi high court has ordered a vice president of one of world's largest banking firm to pay Rs 70 lakh alimony to his estranged wife and their four-year-old daughter.
The court noted the man abandoned his wife and daughter in India and led a luxurious life in Dubai.
Ashok (name changed) and Asha (name changed) got married in 2000 and started living in Dubai, where Ashok was heading the operation of a Dubai-based banking firm. After some time, the couple got back to India where Ashok allegedly abandoned his wife and minor daughter.
In 2008 Asha filed a petition in the court for grant of maintenance of herself and their daughter. Initially, a trial court granted maintenance of R80,000 per month in accordance to her husband's earnings.
But after a sessions court reduced the maintenance from R80,000 to R30,000 per month, Asha's counsel Prabhjit Jauhar filed a petition in the Delhi high court.
The counsel told the court that Ashok was concealing his true income and that he be told to submit his employer's certificate along with his monthly earnings and his statement of bank accounts for the past three years.
The counsel also demanded that a statement stating how much bonus he received during these past years should be filed in the court. Ashok's counsel Malvika Rajkotia said there was no practice wherein the bank could issue such a certificate.
Justice Ajit Bharihoke struck down Ashok's contention and directed him to file his employer certificate including the perks and bonus accrued to him every year.
But later, Ashok agreed to come to a mutual agreement. In an in-chamber proceeding, he agreed to pay R70 lakh as alimony to the wife and daughter.