Businessman to pay maintenance to wife & daughter

A Delhi court has directed a businessman to pay Rs 10,000 per month as interim maintenance to his estranged wife and minor daughter.

Additional District Judge Sujata Kohli awarded the maintenance saying the man has admitted that he has no other liability to maintain, apart from his wife and the toddler.

The court fixed Rs 10,000 as interim maintenance, saying he concealed his income from it. It assessed his income on basis of his income tax return, in which, the court added “most businessmen are reflecting income much lower than the actual.”

Assessing the Ashok Vihar-based businessman’s income to be Rs 30,000 per month, the court asked him to pay Rs 5,000 per month each to his estranged wife and daughter, who are living with the woman’s maternal house.

In her plea for maintenance, the woman said she had married the man in February 2007 and they have a daughter, who goes to a play school and is totally dependent upon her maternal grand father for her day-to-day needs.

She said the child requires basic necessities including her education expenses, clothing and toys. She added she is unemployed and is dependent on her father and required alimony from her husband to maintain her dignity.

She alleged her husband is living a luxurious life and has a tools business and earns nearly Rs one lakh per month.

The man, however, said he was doing job in a tools firm and was earning just Rs 3,300 per month and it was not enough to meet the ends. He also said he was ready to maintain his wife and daughter and the court should order them to live with him.

The estranged couple is also engaged in other litigations including dowry harassment and divorce case.

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