Everything was fine, until the real wife who was at home all this time, found out.
The woman, a teacher in a private school in Delhi, could find out only a few months later that her husband had successfully managed to sneak out of their marriage by putting up before the law an impostor of a wife.
The records of the alleged divorce case further disclosed that said petition was filed by both the parties through a common advocate who she failed to track down. She was also shocked to learn that her husband managed to make a woman show up in the court for ascertaining the consent as his wife and sign the decree of divorce too.
Deciding to fight it out, the woman filed a petition in the Delhi High Court and claimed she was not at all aware of the divorce proceedings and that the husband fraudulently made somebody impersonate as his wife to obtain the divorce decree. Her plea contended she never appeared before the trial court nor filed any divorce petition by mutual consent and also did not engage any advocate. The HC asked her to move the trial court and seek recall of the divorce order.
She moved an application before the trial court and succeeded in establishing that her husband, an executive in a multinational company, played a fraud upon the court to get out of their six-year-old marriage. The couple had a son. Subsequently, the trial court recalled its divorce order.
Aggrieved, the husband challenged it in the High Court, which threw out his plea after noting that he had “resorted to fraudulent practice by forging the signatures of the wife on both the petitions and affidavits, bringing an impostor before the court and producing a fake advocate to achieve his sinister design of obtaining a fast decree of divorce so that he could marry some other lady.” It also slapped on him a penalty of Rs 2 lakh.
On Tuesday, the Supreme Court severely reprimanded the man after he challenged the concurrent verdicts of the trial court and the High Court. “You played a fraud not just upon your wife but also the institution of judiciary. The findings are clear that the wife was never produced before the court. Analysis of records of the case and documents make it clear that there is no warrant to interfere with the concurrent orders of the two courts,” said a Bench led by Justice G S Singhvi.
The court also asked the counsel for the husband if he could now produce the lawyer to substantiate that the woman actually engaged her to lead the divorce case. The counsel, however, came up with a meek response: “There are more than 18 advocates by the name of Ranjana... there was an address, but it is perhaps incomplete.”
The Bench then told the counsel that for filing this “frivolous” petition, the husband will now have to pay a further penalty of Rs 5 lakh, besides the Rs 2 lakh-cost imposed by the High Court, and if failed to do so within two months, contempt proceedings shall be initiated against him.
This is a new low for judiciary. Have all our courts written off Indian Penal Code. If a humble commoner like yours truly knows Impersonation & fraud are punishable under IPC how come all the courts did not pass orders to prosecute him for these offences. Is it fault of the poor teacher the she can not hire million $ lawyers. How can the court not locate the fraudulent lawyer who pretended to represent the teacher. Is it allowed by these courts that any person can wears a black coat and practice. Is the court staff not punishable not these follies. Shame on our judicial system where under trials are languishing in prisons%u2019 for periods longer then maximum sentence and imposters have guts to appeal to higher courts. He should be shivering and hiding, not lording over the MNC%u2019s & courts.
how much cash he cheated from the multinational company is what I am curious about
The Supreme court fined Rs.5/- which is very negligible for an executive of MNC the court shuld have sent this man to jail for atleast twenty years he can pay the fine easily the only punishment is jail he is educated man and know well what he was doing was against law but even then he cheated the women and the court both contempt of court case must be intitiated against this man.
High time for a public database of convicts all over the country so that background checks on an individual can be easily done!
Amazing. Glad he has to pay both money and his name. I wonder who married him post his fake divorce.