Confirming that she did not claim any alimony from Mahajan, Singh said she earned enough from her job as a pilot with Jet Airways and had no need for allowances from her former husband. “I have not asked for anything from Rahul in the past and will not claim anything even in future,” she told the court on Friday, a version seconded by Harish Malhotra and D K Gujral, counsels of Singh and Mahajan, respectively.
The couple had moved the court in December 2007, seeking annulment of their marriage on ground of mutual consent. In November last year, Singh had reportedly told a national daily that she was being physically and verbally abused by Mahajan, and that he hardly spent any money on her.
But Singh today attempted to put the record straight, saying she has no ill feeling towards Mahajan. “Rahul and I would continue to be good friends,” she said, trying to clear the deck on rumours that they had opted for divorce under pressure.
Singh’s father, Brigadier Hem Chandra Singh, said the divorce would not affect the family’s relationship with the Mahajans. “We wanted both husband and wife to live happily together but their thinking did not match,” he said. But “this will not stop us from maintaining cordial relations with the Mahajan family.”
He said, “We tried to dissuade them and make them understand…. No father wants his daughter to divorce.”
The couple got married in August 2006, months after Bharatiya Janata Party leader Pramod Mahajan was allegedly shot dead by his brother Praveen in Mumbai.