A Delhi court has enhanced the amount of interim maintenance to be paid by a Delhi-based businessman to his estranged wife and two kids from Rs 15,000 to Rs 21,000 per month.
Additional Sessions Judge Atul Kumar Garg modified the order of a magisterial court and after seeing photographs of the man's shop, held that he must be earning Rs 40,000 to Rs 50,000 per month from his garments business here.
The magistrate had directed the businessman to pay Rs 5000 each per month to his wife and two minor sons, who are living away from him, while the session’s court enhanced the amount to Rs 7,000 each per month.
"It is amply clear that the respondent (man) has been looking after the business of T-shirts in style....in Karol Bagh exclusively. It is further admitted that the man has only liability to maintain his father.
"Therefore, the order passed by the magistrate is modified to the extent that instead of Rs 5000 per month each, the man will pay an amount of Rs 7000 per month each to the wife and two sons from the date of filing of the petition before the trial court," the court said.
The court also directed the magistrate to expedite the proceedings in the main petition for maintenance and dispose it of within six months.
The woman and her sons, 13 and 7, were living in Sarai Rohilla while the man is staying at his Bapa Nagar house here.
The woman had approached the session’s court seeking enhancement of the amount claiming that her husband has been earning Rs two lakhs per month from his garments manufacturing business and Rs 5,000 per month was not sufficient.
She alleged that the trial had failed to consider the fact that the man was running garments manufacturing business.
She alleged she was mercilessly beaten up by her husband and his family members since the time of their marriage and that she was deserted by her husband for some other woman.
The man, however, opposed the woman's revision petition, saying the shop belonged to his father and he was only the licensee and he was earning Rs 15,000 to Rs 20,000 per month.