Court orders attachment of actor Raghubir Yadav’s properties

NEW DELHI, July 2:
A Delhi court has ordered the attachment of noted actor Raghubir Yadav’s properties for his failure to pay the monthly alimony of Rs 40,000 to his estranged wife for last several months.
Metropolitan Magistrate Monika Saroha directed attachment of Yadav’s properties and sought the compliance report of her order from the police by September 10.
The counsel for Yadav’s wife, Poornima Yadav, had told the court that Yadav was supposed to pay arrears of alimony of over Rs 10 lakh to the woman, who had approached the court in 2006.
The court’s order came on the plea of Yadav’s wife that the actor, who has featured in films like ‘Massey Sahib’, ‘Lagaan’, ‘Peepli Live’ and ‘Gandhi to Hitler’, has again failed to pay monthly alimony to her.
The court earlier in March too had begun the proceedings for attachment of the actor’s properties, forcing the latter to pay Rs three lakh to Poornima Yadav as alimony.
Yadav has been working in the film industry for over two decades and his long list of works includes popular TV serials like “Mungeri Lal Ke Haseen Sapne” and “Kargil” besides Salam Bombay, Page Three, Massey Saheb, 1942-A Love Story, Maya Memsab, Earth 1947 and Lagaan.
The court had asked him to pay the maintenance saying he was doing well in commercial cinema.
According to Yadav’s wife, he owns properties in Mumbai and Jabalpur.
The woman, in her plea, had told the court that she had married Yadav in Jabalpur in June 1988 but he deserted her in 1995. She had added she had been living along with their son in Delhi.
While directing the actor to pay alimony to his wife, the court had refused to accept his contention that his wife, who has worked as a dance teacher for the last few years in the National School of Drama (NSD), was earning Rs 12 lakh yearly and needs no maintenance from him.
The magistrate had expressed surprise that a woman who had been working as a dance teacher in NSD only on contract basis is reported to be earning Rs 12 lakh per annum while Yadav has put his annual income at a meagre Rs 2.26 lakh.
The sessions court, however, had asked him to clear the dues he owed to her in two months otherwise his plea would be dismissed.
It had said Yadav’s revision petition would be heard on merits only after he obeys the magisterial court’s order.
The court had asked him to pay her Rs 20,000 from the date of filing of the petition in 2006, besides another sum of Rs 20,000 per month for maintenance of his son, now a minor, from the date of filing of the petition till he becomes a major.
A Madhya Pradesh court too had earlier ordered Yadav to pay alimony to his wife but he had refused to pay the same, prompting the court to issue a warrant against him leading to his arrest.
The woman later moved the Supreme Court for adjudication of her plea for maintenance by a Delhi court on the ground that she had shifted to the national capital.
In June this year, Yadav had also approached a sessions court here challenging the magistrate’s order of directing him to pay Rs 40,000 per month to his estranged wife.
The sessions court, however, had asked him to clear the dues he owed to her in two months otherwise his plea would be dismissed. (PTI)


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