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Chandigarh lawyer gives wife Rs 25,000 maintenance in coins, woman cries foul

The woman told the court how she got the majority of the monthly maintenance of ₹25,000 in the form of ₹1 and ₹2 coins.

punjab Updated: Jul 25, 2018 13:19 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
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A woman, in her 30s, broke down and lashed out at her lawyer husband after he handed over her coins worth Rs 24,600 as monthly maintenance in a divorce case.

The high drama took place during a trial in the court of additional district and sessions judge Rajnish K Sharma on Tuesday.

Unable to control her emotions at what she called “sheer harassment”, the woman told the court how she got the majority of the monthly maintenance of Rs 25,000 in the form of Rs 1 and Rs 2 coins. Only Rs 400 were in Rs100 notes .

The matter was adjourned for July 27 so that the money could be counted. The husband is an advocate in the Punjab and Haryana High Court .

It was in 2014 that the husband filed for separation and later divorce. Two months back, the court directed him to give a monthly maintenance of Rs 25,000 to the woman.

After he failed to do so, the woman moved the high court, which directed the husband to pay Rs 50,000.

Finally, he paid a month’s amount to his estranged wife in court, but in coins.

Infuriated, the woman said it was her husband’s another way to torture and harass her.

“This is a clear mockery of law,” she said outside the courtroom. She refused to accept her husband’s argument that he did not have the money.

“He is a practising advocate and has high-profile clients. In addition to this, he has a number of properties to his name,” she said.

Meanwhile, the husband justified his move, stating that it’s nowhere written in what denomination the maintenance money has to paid.

First Published: Jul 25, 2018 10:43 IST