Court asks TV producer to pay Rs 33,000 alimony to ex-wife

NEW DELHI, Sept 30:

A TV serial producer on Delhi and Srinagar Doordarshan panels has been ordered by a sessions court to pay a monthly interim alimony of Rs 33,000 to his former wife.

Additional Sessions Judge T R Naval asked TV serial producer-cum-director Khurshid Alam to pay the interim maintenance to his former wife, saying he owns a number of properties and their value indicates he has sufficient income.

ASJ Naval’s order came on Alam’s appeal against the magisterial court order to pay his former wife Rs 33,000 as interim maintenance.

Upholding the magisterial court’s order, the sessions court said there was no “infirmity or illegality” in the order, which had assessed his “humongous” income from the fact that he was being treated by a renowned doctor who also used to treat a former President of India.

“Considering the number of properties and their value, prima facie it can be seen that appellant/respondent (Alam) has considerable and sufficient income despite the fact that presently he might not have been earning,” the court said.

Alam, 52, had challenged the trial court’s order saying he is suffering from various ailments including liver cancer and hernia and is spending considerable sum on his treatment and is unable to work since 2003.

He had also said that he had given divorce to his wife by pronouncing “talaq” thrice.

Alam’s former wife had earlier moved the trial court seeking Rs 50,000 as maintenance contending that he is “a man of means” and is “financially well off”.

Alam had married in February 1990 and a girl child was born to the couple. They were earlier living together at their Malviya Nagar residence. The woman had alleged that her husband had been torturing her physically and mentally.

She had contended that Alam is the owner of Tahura Films, a firm involved in production of films, tele films, tele albums, etc and he is a regular producer on the panel of Delhi and Srinagar (J&K) Doordarshan. (More) PTI SKV RKS RAX DV









Besides several serials, Alam has also directed and choreographed the tele serial ‘Mehmood Gaznavi’ and tele-film ‘Mafinama’ in Kashmiri language, which were telecast from Srinagar Doordarshan, Alam’s former wife had told the court in her plea for maintenance.

She had said Alam was earning a good amount from various properties he owned in Delhi and Jammu and Kashmir.

The plea was opposed by Alam on the ground that he was suffering from various disease and “is not competent to do any work” and hence was not earning anything.

Seeking annulment of the magistrate’s order, Alam had said his former spouse has been living a luxurious life and is also running a boutique. He also said the magisterial court had wrongly assessed his income.

ASJ Naval, however, said it cannot be held that the magistrate has assessed the income of Alam, as Rs one lakh per month after deducting the medical expenses, “incorrectly”.

“I find that the magistrate has discussed all relevant facts and material placed on record while concluding that complainant/respondent (woman) was entitled to get Rs 33,000 per month from Alam. Magistrate has also discussed the aspects of illness of appellant and spending of considerable amount in his treatment,” the ASJ said.

The sessions court also said the magistrate has rightly opined that even a divorced Muslim woman is entitled to get maintenance till she remarries and as the amount fixed by the trial court is only of interim maintenance, it is liable to be changed during final disposal of the case. (PTI)



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