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Delhi High Court rejects claim of a husband that he is a ‘poor son of wealthy parents’

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Delhi High Court: The Delhi High Court rejected the claim of a husband that he is a ‘poor son of wealthy parents’ and directed him to pay an interim allowance of Rs 1.5 lakh per month to his wife and son as maintenance. Justice PK Bhasin awarded Rs 1.5 monthly interim maintenance to the wife and rejected the plea of the husband. Considering two letters written by the husband during the pre-litigation period that he has been paying Rs 1.5 lakh as pocket money to his wife and son, Justice Bhasin trashed his plea that it was a typing error as the amount was infact Rs 15,000 per month. The court considered the fact that the husband himself is claiming that he had been paying a sum of Rs 1.5 lakh to the wife and upheld that the same amount be paid till the final hearing of the matter. The court agreed to the women’s plea who said that the man belongs to a wealthy family but does not want to pay maintenance to her.The women, who married the man in 2004 said the family had a lavish life style as the couple had gone to Australia, New Zealand and Thailand for honeymoon. The court rejected the man’s plea that he is the only son of a wealthy parents but himself is a poor man earning Rs 2 lakhs per annum. The court also rejected the husband’s plea that he has been disowned by parents saying that his parents have not come forward to say that because the bickering of their son and daughter-in-law they have disowned him. (Ridhima Juneja v. Deven Juneja, Crl. M.C.No. 2748/2010, decided on October 30, 2012)

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