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Woman Can Have Husband’s Salary Information: MP High Court

Sunita had filed an RTI in the case to get the information of Pawan’s salary after a trial court rejected her plea.

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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 Pixabay

By Ajay Kumar

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.

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Counsel for the petitioner asserted that Sunita’s husband is a on a reputed designation with state run-BSNL. pIXABAY

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.

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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.

 

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Tabitha Karanja, Husband Joseph Freed on Ksh.12M Cash Bail

The court noted that the couple’s bail terms would be different taking into consideration Mr. Karanja’s health

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Keroche Breweries Directors Joseph Karanja With Tabitha Karanja before Chief Magistrate Francis Andai to answer charges of TAX evasion on August 23,2019.

BY GEOFFREY ISAYA

Tabitha Karanja and her husband Joseph Karanja were on Friday released on Ksh. 10million and Ksh. 2million bail respectively.

Appearing before Nairobi Chief Magistrate Francis Andayi, Mrs. Karanja pleaded not guilty on behalf of Keroche Breweries.

The court noted that the couple’s bail terms would be different taking into consideration Mr. Karanja’s health.

“Joseph Karanja is to pay cash bail Ksh. 2million within seven days while Mrs. Karanja should pay Ksh. 10million immediately, ” Magistrate Andayi said.

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Tabitha Karanja and her husband Joseph Karanja were on Friday released on Ksh. 10million and Ksh. 2million bail respectively. Pixabay

 

The third accused– Keroche Breweries– was ordered to pay Ksh. 10million cash bail within seven days failure to which all the directors will be arrested.

The Magistrate added that the couple are investors of the country and there was no evidence showing that they pose a flight risk.

He however noted that if they wish to travel they will have to confirm with the court and ensure it does not affect subsequent hearings.

Earlier, the Prosecution declared that they would not oppose the couple’s release on bail but asked that the court consider the Ksh. 14billion under investigation.

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“Consider if found guilty the sentence is of a fine double the tax evaded or to an imprisonment of ten years or both,” Alexander Muteti said.

He further sought to have the court direct that the two surrender their passports and not leave court jurisdiction.

SUMMONED TO KRA OFFICES

According to him, the accused persons have been aware that the taxman required clarification on the matter as they were summoned to the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) offices.

Tabitha Karanja, Husband, Investors
Appearing before Nairobi Chief Magistrate Francis Andayi, Mrs. Karanja pleaded not guilty on behalf of Keroche Breweries. Pixabay

“She (Mrs. Karanja) made an appearance before KRA and as per the letter before the court, KRA went out of their way to engage them,” the Prosecutor added.

He insisted on the gravity of the offence saying it is a condition the court should consider when setting bail.

However, Senior Counsel James Orengo who is representing Keroche, said the Ksh. 14billion is in dispute and there is a statutory process for settling any dispute in relation to tax demand.

The advocate noted that the company directors are presumed innocent and there was no evidence tabled in court showing that the Ksh. 14billion be taken into account in determining bail.

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RELEASED ON HEALTH REASONS

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.