Saturday, August 17, 2013

High court bench where WIFE resides has jurisdiction to transfer cases to HER place ! case transferred 300 km to wife's place, wife filed DV etc as well


High court bench where WIFE resides has jurisdiction to transfer cases to HER place ! case transferred 300 km to wife's place, wife filed DV etc as well 


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IN THE HIGH COURT OF JUDICATURE AT BOMBAY 
BENCH AT AURANGABAD
MISC. CIVIL APPLICATION NO.33 OF 2013
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Sau. Snehal Omprakash Kothekar,
Age: 25 years, Occ: Household,
R/o. C/o. Jivanrao J. Lakhole,
Shakti Nagar, Itwara Road, Nanded,
Tq. & Dist. Nanded.                   ...APPLICANT
       VERSUS             
Shri. Omprakash Domaji Kothekar,
Age: 30 years, Occ: Service,
R/o. Bramhand Phase 8, Dharmacha Pada,
Ghod Bandar Road, Thane,
Tq. & Dist. Thane and also
residing at 20, "Hariom Vasahat",
near Shankar nagar, 
Amravati 444606.                     ...RESPONDENT
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Mr. Amit A. Mukhedkar, Advocate for applicant.
Mr. V.P. Raje, Advocate for respondent sole.
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CORAM: S.S. SHINDE, J.
DATE : 5TH AUGUST, 2013
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ORAL JUDGMENT :

Rule.   Rule  made  returnable  forthwith. With the consent of the parties, this application is taken up for final disposal. 

2. This  Misc.  Civil  Application  is  filed seeking transfer of the proceedings bearing Hindu Marriage Petition No. 152 of 2012 pending in the Court  of  the  learned  Joint  Civil  Judge,  Senior Division, Amravati.

3. It is the case of the applicant that, on 21st May, 2010 the marriage between the applicant and  the  respondent  was  solemnized.  It  is  the contention of the applicant that,  thereafter the respondent started illtreating her, therefore, she left  matrimonial  house  and  came  to  her  parent's house  at  Nanded.  It  is  further  case  of  the applicant  that,  she  has  filed  proceedings  under the  provisions  of  Protection  of  Women  from Domestic  Violence  Act,  2006  and  also  for maintenance  under  section  125  of  the  Code  of Criminal  Procedure.  The  respondent­husband  filed H.M.P.  No.  152  of  2012  before  the  Court  of  the Joint  Civil  Judge,  Senior  Division,  Amravati  on 25th October, 2012. http://evinayak.tumblr.com/ ; http://vinayak.wordpress.com/   

4. The  learned  Counsel  appearing  for  the applicant  submits  that,  the  distance  between Nanded  and  Amravati is  more than  300  kms.  It  is inconvenient for the applicant­wife to travel from Nanded  to  Amravati.  It  is  submitted  that,  the proceedings instituted by the applicant are prior in  time  and  respondent  has  already  caused appearance  in  the  said  proceedings  before  the Court. He further submits that, in case prayer of the applicant for transfer of the proceedings is allowed, inconvenience will not be caused to the respondent­husband.  However,  if  the  proceedings are  not  transferred,  in  that  case  there  will  be great  inconvenience  to  the  applicant­wife. Therefore,  he  submits  that,  this  application  may be allowed.

5. On  the  other  hand,  the  learned  Counsel appearing  for  the  respondent  vehemently  opposed the  prayer  in  the  application  on  merits.   He submits that, marriage was solemnized at Amravati and  Amravati  falls  within  jurisdiction  of  High Court,  Nagpur  Bench,  therefore,  proceedings  from Amravati to Nanded may not be transferred.

6. I  have  heard  the  learned  Counsel appearing  for  the  parties  at  length,  with  their able assistance perused the entire material placed on  record.  It  is  not  in  dispute  that,  distance between Nanded to Amravati is more than 300 kms. It is also not in dispute that, applicant­wife is not  working  and  has  no  independent  financial source  so  as  to  meet  expenditure  to  travel  from Nanded  to  Amravati  and  from  Amravati  to  Nanded. Apart  from  that,  it  is  also  undisputed  position that,  applicant­wife  has  instituted  proceedings under  Protection  of  Women  from  Domestic  Violence Act  and  also  under  other  provisions  and  those proceedings are pending before the competent Court at Nanded. http://evinayak.tumblr.com/ ; http://vinayak.wordpress.com/   

7. It  is  true  that,  judicial  District Amravati falls within jurisdiction of High Court, Nagpur  Bench,  however,  the  applicant­wife  is residing  with  her  parents  at  Nanded,  that  gives jurisdiction to this Court as held by this Court in the case of Sanghamitra w/o Ramakant Royalwar vs.  Ramakant  s/o  Gangaram  Royalwar  reported  in 2009(1) Mh.L.J. 303. 

8. In the light of discussion herein above, balance of convenience certainly lies in favour of the applicant. Therefore, the application deserves to be allowed. Accordingly, following order:­

: O R D E R :

(A) The  Hindu  Marriage  Petition  No.  152  of 2012 shall stand transferred from the Court of the Joint  Civil  Judge,  Senior  Division,  Amravati,  to the  Court  of  the  Civil  Judge,  Senior  Division, Nanded.

(B) The  Joint  Civil  Judge,  Senior  Division, Amravati  shall  take  immediate  steps  to  transfer the proceedings of H.M.P. No. 152 of 2012 within one  week  from  the  date  of  receipt  of  the  order passed by this Court.

(C) Since the proceedings are matrimonial in nature, Civil Judge, Senior Division, Nanded shall endeavor  to  dispose  of  the  said  proceedings,  as expeditiously  as  possible,  however,  within  six months from today. 

(D) The parties through Counsel agreed that, parties  will  extend  co­operation  for  early disposal  of  the  proceedings.  The  Civil  Judge, Senior  Division,  Nanded  shall  not  grant unnecessary  adjournments  to  the  parties  unless there  exist  extraordinary  circumstance  for granting such adjournments. http://evinayak.tumblr.com/ ; http://vinayak.wordpress.com/   

 Misc. Civil Application is allowed to the above  extent,  and  same  stands  disposed  of.  Rule made absolute on above terms.

                               sd/­

                                [S.S. SHINDE, J.] 

sut/Aug13



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