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Bhausaheb Ramnath Jojar vs Rohini @ Dhanshree Bhausaheb … on 20 December, 2017

1 Cri WP 1203-2016

IN THE HIGH COURT OF JUDICATURE AT BOMBAY
BENCH AT AURANGABAD

CRIMINAL WRIT PETITION NO. 1203 OF 2016

Bhausaheb Ramnath Jojar,
Age 37 years, Occupation Agriculture,
R/o. Bhanashivara Tal. Newasa
Dist. Ahmednagar. .. Petitioner

VS.

Sau. Rohini @ Dhanshree Bhausaheb
Jojar, Age 27 years, Occupation
Agriculture, R/o Bhanshivara
Tal. Newasa.
Now Residing At.
C/o. Rangnath Bhanudas Admane,
R/o Niapni Nimgaon Tal. Newasa
Dist. Ahmednagar. .. Respondent

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Mr. N. P. Ghanwat, Advocate for the petitioner.
Mr. R. B. Temak, Advocate for respondent sole.
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CORAM : SMT. VIBHA KANKANWADI, J.

Date of reserving
the Judgment : 23rd November, 2017.

Date of pronouncing
the Judgment : 20th December, 2017.

ORAL JUDGMENT ( Per Smt. Vibha Kankanwadi. J.)

1. By consent, the matter is taken up for final hearing at the

admission stage. Heard both the learned Counsels.

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2. The Petitioner husband has challenged the enhancement in
the quantum of maintenance amount by Additional Sessions Judge,
Newasa in Criminal Revision filed against the order of maintenance
granted by Judicial Magistrate First Class, Newasa, Dist. Ahmednagar.

3. The facts which are not in dispute that Petitioner got married
to respondent on 30-06-2009 at Nipani Nimgaon, Tal. Newasa, Dist.
Ahmednagar. They started cohabitation at Bhanashiwara, Tal. Newasa,
Dist. Ahmednagar.

4. Respondent- wife had filed application bearing Cri. App. No.
157 of 2013 for maintenance u/s. 125 of Code of Criminal Procedure on
the ground that she was harassed by husband and in-laws since a month
after the marriage on the ground that illegal demand of money to buy
jeep. She was physically and mentally harassed and was ultimately driven
out of the house. She had tried to resume cohabitation with husband, but
she has not been allowed. A condition has been put that unless she fulfills
the demand, she will not be taken back. Therefore, she prayed for
maintenance @ Rs.10,000/- p. m.

5. Present Petitioner-husband has resisted the claim of the wife,
by denying all the allegations against him and his parents. On the
contrary he claimed that the behaviour of the wife was not proper. She
used to remain ill frequently. She used to give them threats. According to
him, his wife has left the matrimonial home on her own accord, without
any reason. She has given him mental harassment. His wife is doing
tailoring work and therefore able to maintain herself.

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6. Parties have led oral as well as documentary evidence. After
considering the same and hearing both sides, the learned J. M. F. C.,
Newasa has partly allowed the application on 15-09-2015. Maintenance
@ Rs.1,000/- p. m. has been granted from the date of application.

7. Original applicant-wife had preferred revision application
bearing No. 22 of 2015 before Additional Sessions Judge, Newasa
allowed the revision application, after hearing both sides. The
maintenance amount was increased from Rs.1,000/- p. m. to Rs.3,000/-
p. m. and it was granted from the date of order of the application i.e. 15-
09-2015. Petitioner-husband has challenged the said order in this
petition.

8. It has been submitted on behalf of petitioner that learned
Additional Sessions Judge failed to consider what is the income of the
husband. He had not taken into consideration the fact that petitioner is
suffering from brain tumor. He was admitted for some days, operated and
now he is taking further treatment. He has incurred huge expenditure.
He is not having any income now. He therefore, prayed for alteration in
the amount. He also submitted that the said enhancement ought not to
have been from the date of the order of the Magistrate. He relied on the
decision in Pilli Venkanna v/s. Pilli Nookalamma Anr (1997 DGLS
(Cri) Soft 1351 (A. P.)

9. Per contra, it has been submitted on behalf of respondent-
wife that the maintenance amount granted by the Magistrate was too
meager. It should be proportionate to the income of the husband. Even a
blind husband can not escape the liability to maintain his wife. He placed
reliance on Sudha @ Ranjana R. Patil v/s. Rajkumar Deoganda Patil

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and another (1997 (2) Mh. L. J. 250). The illness of the petitioner has
not reduced his income.

10. The crux of the mater in this case is that, the petitioner is

only challenging the quantum of maintenance that has been awarded by

the Additional Sessions Judge, Newasa Dist. Ahmednagar in the Criminal

Revision Application No.22 of 2015. It is pertinent to note that, the

petitioner husband had not preferred any criminal revision challenging

the entire Judgment and order passed in Criminal Miscellaneous

Application No. 157 of 2013 by Judicial Magistrate, First Class, Newasa

decided on 15-09-2015. Therefore, as regards the points regarding

neglect and refusal to maintain by him, applicant-wife unable to maintain

herself, the findings those have been recorded by the learned Magistrate

have become final. It was the wife who was aggrieved by the quantum of

maintenance had preferred the said criminal revision application before

Additional Sessions Judge, Newasa.

11. It is to be noted that, the said criminal revision was filed by

the wife on 12-10-2015 and came to be decided on 22-07-2016. The

medical papers those have been produced by the husband on record

show that, he would admitted in the hospital on 11-07-2016 and was

discharged on 15-07-2016. It appears that, thereafter he is under

treatment. It has not been clarified by the petitioner whether the said

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treatment papers were produced by him before the learned Additional

Sessions Judge before the disposal of the criminal revision application.

The reasons those have been assigned do not reflect that, these

documents were before the learned Additional Sessions Judge. There

was no hurdle for the petitioner-husband to produce these documents on

record in the said revisions application. Further there are also documents

regarding further treatment in the form of MRI of the brain and his

further hospitalization at Pune. It appears that, he was operated on 01-

08-2016, therefore there is no question of these documents to be perused

by the Additional Sessions Judge. Taking into consideration the evidence

that was before the learned Magistrate when it was found by the

Additional Sessions Judge that the quantum of maintenance that has

been awarded is too meager, the said amount has been enhanced. If at

all the petitioner want to canvass that there is change in circumstance

then he is liberty to approach the Magistrate under Section 127 of Code

of Criminal procedure. For that purpose he cannot approach this Court in

order to invoke the extraordinary writ jurisdiction of this Court. On that

point the writ petition is devoid of merit.

12. As regards the point raised regarding the order by the

learned Additional Sessions Judge enhancing the maintenance from the

date of the order passed by the learned Magistrate i.e. 15-09-2015 is

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concerned, the authority 1997 DGLS (Cri.) Soft 1351 (Supra) is not

applicable to the facts in this case. In the said petition the application

filed for maintenance under Section 125 of Criminal Procedure Code, the

amount was already granted and thereafter the wife had filed a separate

application for increase in the said allowance under Section 127 of

Criminal Procedure Code. Under that circumstance it has been said that,

it should be from the date of the order. Here in this case, the

maintenance amount that was granted under Section 125 of Criminal

Procedure Code has been enhanced in the criminal revision application.

13. Taking into consideration these facts note of the subsequent

evidents cannot be taken directly in the writ jurisdiction under Article

227 of the Constitution of India, hence the writ petition is dismissed. No

order as to costs.

[SMT. VIBHA KANKANWADI]
JUDGE

vjg/-.

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