An alimony case was on Tuesday adjourned for July 27 as a sum of Rs 24,600 could not be counted. Reason: the entire amount was in the denomination of Re 1 and Rs 2 coins.
Drama was witnessed in the district courts when a Punjab and Haryana high court lawyer handed over the monthly maintenance amount to his former wife in a bag filled with coins. The woman was furious. “This is a new way to torture and harass me. It is a mockery of law,” she said.
The two had filed for divorce in 2015. The court had then directed the husband to give Rs 25,000 per month as maintenance to her. But when he failed, she moved the high court. The husband was then directed to give Rs 50,000 as he had not given her money for last two months.
The woman refused to buy his argument that he did not have money. She said he is a practising advocate and has high-profile clients. He also has a number of properties on his name, she said. “I am in dire need of money. Firstly, he gave the money after so many adjournments and now he has given coins. What will I do with this money? No bank will accept this,” she said. The husband justified his move. “It’s nowhere written that the money has to be given in denomination of Rs100 or Rs 500 or Rs 2,000 notes. I have given three juniors to count the money too.” He, however, gave the rest of Rs 400 in the form of Rs100 currency notes. Additional district and sessions judge Rajnisk K Sharma finally adjourned the case for counting the money.