Woman fined Rs. 10,000 for contempt of court

Staff Reporter

She had hidden facts about her income from the court

NEW DELHI: The Delhi High Court on Monday imposed a fine of Rs.10,000 on a divorcee, holding her guilty of contempt of court by hiding material facts about her income and about an out-of-court settlement with her husband and getting an ex-parte court order for maintenance on that basis.

Imposing the fine, Justice S. N. Dhingra, however, said that after her retirement she would be free to file a petition for maintenance before a competent court.

Justice Dhingra imposed the fine on a petition by her husband alleging that after entering into an out-of-court settlement with him about maintenance, she had filed a fresh petition for maintenance before a Jalandhar court in Punjab.

The couple were staying together in Jalandhar before separating. She was a teacher at a school there. However, in her maintenance petition she had held back information about her job and the fact that she had entered into a settlement with her husband before an Additional District Judge in Delhi.

After the settlement, she had told the court here that she would not initiate any legal proceeding against her husband. She had later also filed an affidavit before the High Court to this effect.

Holding her guilty of contempt of court, Justice Dhingra said: “I consider that the conduct of the wife of not disclosing to this Court information about a petition being pursued by her and her conduct of concealing the material information from the court of Judicial Magistrate at Jalandhar obtaining an ex-parte order was contemptuous and a violation of the undertaking given by her.”

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