Court Grants Divorce in High Profile Family Dispute

Court Grants Divorce in High Profile Family Dispute

Court Grants Divorce in High Profile Family Dispute

In a significant ruling, the High Court of Delhi granted divorce to Mr. Avneshwar Singh in a case filed under Section 13(1)(ia) of the Hindu Marriage Act, 1955. The judgment, pronounced on April 2, 2024, concluded a long-standing legal battle between Mr. Singh and his wife, Ms. Monika. The case, MAT.APP.(F.C.) 33/2022, revolved around allegations of cruelty and irretrievable breakdown of the marital bond.

Background and Allegations:

The case originated from the Family Court’s decision dismissing both Mr. Singh’s petition for divorce and Ms. Monika’s petition for restitution of conjugal rights. The couple, married on January 25, 2011, had been living separately since September 6, 2011, with disputes escalating over time. Mr. Singh accused Ms. Monika of mental torture, citing instances of threats, disrespectful behavior, and financial demands beyond his means. Conversely, Ms. Monika alleged neglect, mistreatment, and harassment from Mr. Singh and his family.

Court’s Decision:

After a thorough analysis of the evidence, the High Court overturned the Family Court’s decision and granted divorce to Mr. Singh, citing Ms. Monika’s conduct as constituting cruelty. The judgment highlighted Ms. Monika’s derogatory remarks towards Mr. Singh’s family, filing of complaints with his employer, and prolonged legal battles as factors contributing to the breakdown of the marriage. The court emphasized the importance of mutual respect and goodwill in a marital relationship, which were found lacking in this case.


The ruling sets a precedent for cases involving allegations of cruelty and highlights the impact of prolonged legal disputes on marital relationships. It underscores the need for timely resolution and mutual cooperation to preserve the sanctity of marriage and avoid emotional and financial strain on both parties involved.

By considering the relevant sections of the Hindu Marriage Act, 1955, the court’s decision reaffirms the legal principles governing divorce cases and provides clarity on the grounds for granting divorce in cases of irretrievable breakdown of marriage due to cruelty.

Overall, the judgment serves as a reminder of the importance of mutual respect, communication, and cooperation in sustaining healthy marital relationships.

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