- The woman had filed a petition against the decision of the Andhra Pradesh High Court
- The woman was demanding to increase the sentence of her husband
- After persuading the top court, the husband and wife agreed to live together
Supreme Court unites Andhra Pradesh couple who have been fighting a legal battle for 21 years. After the intervention of the apex court on Wednesday, the woman agreed to withdraw the petition against her husband. The case was of a couple living in Guntur, Andhra Pradesh. In this case, the wife had petitioned the apex court for extension of the jail sentence awarded to the husband in the dowry harassment case. Earlier all attempts to mediate between the two had failed.
Conversation in Telugu looking uncomfortable in English
A bench headed by Chief Justice NV Ramana had made a special effort to have the husband and wife interact in front of them through video conference. Justice Suryakant was also included in this bench. During the hearing, the woman was uncomfortable about the court proceedings being in English. The CJI sensed this problem of the woman. In such a situation, he himself spoke in Telugu language and also told the fellow justices about the woman’s statement.
If husband goes to jail, where will he get monthly alimony?
During the hearing, the petitioner told the Chief Justice to the woman that if your husband goes to jail, then you will not even be able to get the monthly allowance because he will lose his job. The Chief Justice explained the legal position to the woman in Telugu and clarified that the extension of the term of imprisonment would not benefit both the husband and wife. The woman’s husband is an employee of the Andhra Pradesh government and is posted in Guntur. Advocate D Ramakrishna, appearing for the husband, gave the details of the Chief Justice’s conversation with the woman.
Agree to live together following the advice of the Chief Justice
The woman calmly listened to the advice of the Chief Justice and after that agreed to live with her husband. However, the woman made a condition that the husband would take proper care of her and her only son. The top court has asked the husband and wife to file separate affidavits in two weeks mentioning that they want to live together. The wife agreed to withdraw the appeal filed in the apex court against the High Court’s decision. She also agreed to file an application to quash the dowry harassment case against her husband. At the same time, the husband also agreed to withdraw the divorce application.
Married in 1998, soon relations soured
The couple got married in the year 1998 but their relationship soon turned sour. Because of this, the woman filed a criminal case against the husband in the year 2001. Several attempts were made to mediate between the two but were unsuccessful.