The Madras High Court bench here has stayed an order passed by the revenue divisional officer of Thanjavur directing a man to pay monthly maintenance to his mother under the Tamil Nadu Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act, 2007.

The petitioner, D.Selvakumar (38), contended that his father died in 1979 and his mother, D. Devasena, deserted him and his four siblings after his father’s death. Mr.Selvakumar said he was a computer operator in Thanjavur and was earning a salary of Rs.7,000 per month.

“My mother took over the shop run by my father. She is now earning more than Rs.30, 000 from the shop.

“Three of my siblings are living abroad. I take care of one of my sisters, who was diagnosed with schizophrenia, and I remained unmarried in order to take care of her,” Mr.Selvakumar said in his petition.

According to the petitioner, Mrs.Devasena approached the revenue divisional officer seeking monthly maintenance of Rs.10,000 from him. The official passed an order on April 25, 2013 directing the petitioner to pay Rs.10,000 per month as maintenance to his mother. The petitioner contended through his counsel that he was not issued any summons and was not given an opportunity to explain his position.

Justice N. Kirubakaran, who heard the case of the petitioner, ordered notice to the official and Mrs.Devasena. He ordered an interim stay on the revenue divisional officer’s order till the next hearing.