Pakistani singer-composer Adnan Sami has got a reprieve until June 10 in the domestic violence application filed by his estranged wife Saba Galadari before a family court.
A vacation bench of the Bombay High Court on Friday restrained the family court from proceeding with the hearing in Galadari’s applications.
The vacation bench of Justice S J Kathawala and Justice R G Ketkar gave Sami time so that he could either approach the Supreme Court or appear before the family court on June 7.
While refusing to give him six weeks’ time, the high court observed: “No case is made out to place any sickness of appellate [Sami] prior to May 3.”
However, the judges felt that Sami should be given time considering he had undergone a gall bladder surgery on May 23.
Asking Sami to appear before family court on June 7, the HC has asked the family court not to proceed with the hearing before June 10 in his absence.
The family court had last year held that Galadari’s divorce petition could not be entertained because her second marriage with Sami was invalid.
The HC reversed this ruling in March, but gave Sami six weeks to file an appeal.
However, Sami, who has been admitted to a hospital in Munich after suffering from severe abdominal pain, filed an application in the high court seeking extension of the deadline.
His advocate Vibhav Krishna said they could not approach the Supreme Court as Sami fell ill. “He has been admitted in a hospital in Munich and a surgery was performed to remove five stones from his gall bladder,” said Krishna.
He informed the court that his client will return to Mumbai by June 3.
Sami married Galadari in 2001, divorced her in 2004 and then remarried her in 2007. Their relation, however, soured again and Galadari moved the family court for divorce last year. She had also filed a case against Sami under the Domestic Violence Act.
Sami claimed his second marriage to Galadari was not valid because she had failed to comply with halala, in which she was required to have married another man before remarrying Sami.