takes entire fore noon. Where is time for hearing the matter? This matter cannot be heardbefore next Monday. Anyway, I can assure you that I shall hear the matter, if theobjections have been filed by that date.That was a loud hint to us to ensure that we persuade the PP to file his statement of objections on or before next Monday. We deferred this task by about four days, as the PPmight forget the matter by that date.
Civil side of the case
This narration actually started from the middle of the story. The disputed started aboutyear and a half after marriage when the accused husband complained to his parents thathe cannot any longer live with the complainant-wife as the marriage has not beenconsummated, among many other discords between them. In the meantime, the accusedhusband was sent to USA by his employer. His wife visited him during this period, of course, at husband’s expense. Thereafter, the accused husband firmly made up his mindto file a divorce petition. For this purpose, a few months later, he visited India, engagedthe CL and filed the petition before the Family Court, housed in a rather pompouslynamed court complex known as “Temple of Justice” in Kannada.Next year and a quarter was spent in the family court, trying to serve the process on thecomplainant wife. Eventually this was done, a counsel came on record, but no statementof objections was filed. At this juncture, one fine day, the learned Judge noted that thepetitioner was not appearing before the court and directed that by next date, if thepetitioner did not appear before the court, the divorce petition would be dismissed. It isunder this circumstance that the accused husband visited India with fifteen days leave,solely for the purpose of participating in the proceeding. He had been assured by the CLthat he would see to it that his evidence and cross examination were completed beforethis period. However, fate and the complainant wife willed otherwise. By the 9th day of his arrival, a false case of harassment for dowry was foisted not only on the husband butalso on the parents-in-law. Rest of the story is already known to the readers.
String of adjournments leading to Mediation Centre
The Monday after the release of the accused-husband on bail, the matter came up forhearing. Prior to the false complaint, on two dates, the matter had come up before theFamily Court. The complainant wife had skillfully avoided appearing before the court.On this Monday, in the forenoon, the complainant wife along with string of relatives anda clutch of OLs appeared in the court. However, as coincidence would have it, the regular judge was not available. Hence, the matter would be taken up by the in-charge judge inthe afternoon, by 3.00 pm. When the accused-husband was ready before the court, thewife had, thorough her OL send a medical certificate, pleading sickness! Thus, the mattergot adjourned to the Wednesday. This became a highly worrisome matter for thehusband, who had been left with only another four days of leave to return to England.