In a very interesting case, the Madhya Pradesh High Court ordered that a woman has the right to know the remuneration of her husband.
The bench of Justice S. K. Seth and Nandita Dubey ruled the verdict on the petition of Sunita Jain who wanted to have a higher maintenance from her estranged husband, Pawan Kumar, stating that he was a senior officer in BSNL. Sunita was getting a maintenance of Rs. 7,000 per month.
Counsel for the petitioner asserted that Sunita’s husband is on a reputed designation with state-run BSNL. Sunita had filed an RTI in the case to get the information of Pawan’s salary after a trial court rejected her plea.
The issue reached to the CIC office where the in an order dated July 27, 2017, it asked the Central Public Information Officer of BSNL to provide the salary details of Pawan Kumar. Consequently, the husband challenged the CIC order before a single bench in MP High Court which set aside the CC order.
Sunita did not stop here. She challenged the single bench order before a double bench in the MP High Court which, in an order on May 15, allowed the writ appeal of Sunita and upheld the order of CIC stating that a wife has the right to know about his husband’s salary. The bench observed a wife cannot be denied for this information by considering her third party.
He further opposed the Prosecution’s request to have the couple deposit travel documents saying it won’t be necessary because of the enterprise they run.
The lawyer also revealed that Mr. Karanja cannot be kept in custody due to health reasons.
“He has recently undergone a surgery…police were able to release him before 10 last night (Thursday). Despite his medical condition and being granted a free bond he has been able to appear in court,” Orengo said.
The case will be mentioned on September 2 and the pre-trial hearing on September 24.