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Delhi HC : Court can't enforce a chairman for divorce with mutual consent

IN THE HIGH COURT OF DELHI AT NEW DELHI

Date of decision: 15.05.2018

+ REFERENCE IN CONT.CAS(C) 772/2013, 347/2013, 484/2014,584/2014, 648/2014, 48/2016, 483/2016, 484/2016, 1147/2016,1116/2016, 1251/2016, 78/2017, 132/2017, 197/2017, 204/2017,216/2017 and 270/2017

IN THE MATTER OF:
RAJAT GUPTA                  ..... Petitioner in CONT.CAS(C) 772/2013
MANPREET SINGH BHATIA ..... Petitioner in CONT.CAS(C) 347/2013
DEEPAK BATRA                 ..... Petitioner in CONT.CAS(C) 484/2014
KAMAL GODWANI                ..... Petitioner in CONT.CAS(C) 584/2014
DR. ARUN SHARMA              ..... Petitioner in CONT.CAS(C) 648/2014
MANVINDER KAUR               ..... Petitioner in CONT.CAS(C) 48/2016
W CDR SITANSHU SINHA ..... Petitioner in CONT.CAS(C) 483/2016
WG CDR SITANSHU SINHA ..... Petitioner in CONT.CAS(C) 484/2016
NAVEEN KUMAR JAIN            ..... Petitioner in CONT.CAS(C) 1147/2016
AMRITA KAUR SAXENA           ..... Petitioner in CONT.CAS(C) 1116/2016
VIKAS SHARMA                 ..... Petitioner in CONT.CAS(C) 1251/2016
SEETANGELI BHUTANI           ..... Petitioner in CONT.CAS(C) 78/2017
MANVEEN KAUR                 ..... Petitioner in CONT.CAS(C) 132/2017
MANJUL TANEJA                ..... Petitioner in CONT.CAS(C) 197/2017
DEEPA                        ..... Petitioner in CONT.CAS(C) 204/2017
MITHUN RADHAKRISHNAN.... Petitioner in CONT.CAS(C) 216/2017
AMARJEET SINGH               .... Petitioner in CONT.CAS(C) 270/2017
                      Through: Mr. Brij Bhushan Gupta, Senior
                      Advocate (Amicus Curiae) with Mr. Jai Sahai
                      Endlaw, Advocate
                      Mr. Prashant Mendiratta, Advocate with petitioner
                      in chairman in CONT.CAS(C) 772/2013.
                      Mr. Koplin K. Kandhari & Mr. S.C. Duggal,
                      Advocates in CONT.CAS(C) 347/2013.
                      Mr. F.K. Jha & Mr. S. A. Singh, Advocates in
                      CONT.CAS(C) 584/2014.
                      Mr. Sunil Mittal, Senior Advocate with Mr. Dhruv
                      Grover and Ms. Seema Seth, Advocates in
                      CONT.CAS(C) 648/2014.


REFERENCE IN CONT.CAS(C) 772/2013 and connected matters          Page 1 of 64
                           Mr. Ashish Virmani and Ms. Paridhi Dixit,
                          Advocates in CONT.CAS(C) 483-484/2016.
                          Mr. C. Rajaram and Ms. T. Kanniappan,
                          Advocates in CONT.CAS(C) 1147/2016.
                          Ms. Chandrani Prasad, Mr. Chirag Mahalwal and
                          Mr. Sugam Kr. Jha, Advocates in CONT.CAS(C)
                          78/2017.
                          Mr. Neeraj K. Sharma and Ms. Nidhi Agarwal,
                          Advocates in CONT.CAS(C) 216/2017.

                          versus

RUPALI GUPTA              ..... Respondent in CONT.CAS(C) 772/2013
SMT SUMITA BHATIA         ..... Respondent in CONT.CAS(C) 347/2013
SWATI BATRA               ..... Respondent in CONT.CAS(C) 484/2014
ANNU BHARTI               ..... Respondent in CONT.CAS(C) 584/2014
POOJA SHARMA              ..... Respondent in CONT.CAS(C) 648/2014
BIKRAMJEET SINGH SOKHI AND ANR.
                          ..... Respondent in CONT.CAS(C) 48/2016
PRACHI SINGH alias PRACHI SINHA
                          ..... Respondent in CONT.CAS(C) 483/2016
PRACHI SINGH alias PRACHI SINHA
                          ..... Respondent in CONT.CAS(C) 484/2016
INDU JAIN                 .....Respondent in CONT.CAS(C) 1147/2016
GAURAV SAXENA             .....Respondent in CONT.CAS(C) 1116/2016
SHALINI CHHABRA           .....Respondent in CONT.CAS(C) 1251/2016
AJAY BHUTANI              ..... Respondent in CONT.CAS(C) 78/2017
NIPUR KAPUR               ..... Respondent in CONT.CAS(C) 132/2017
SUMAN BASWAL              ..... Respondent in CONT.CAS(C) 197/2017
KAMAL SINGH               ..... Respondent in CONT.CAS(C) 204/2017
AASTHA SAHDEV             ..... Respondent in CONT.CAS(C) 216/2017
GEETANJALI                ..... Respondent in CONT.CAS(C) 270/2017
                     Through: Ms. S. Chaudhary and Ms. Aarzoo Aneja,
                     Advocates in CONT.CAS(C) 772/2013.
                     Mr. Rajat Aneja and Ms. Chandrika Gupta,
                     Advocates in CONT.CAS(C) 347/2013.
                     Ms. Renu Verma, Adv.in CONT.CAS(C) 484/2014



REFERENCE IN CONT.CAS(C) 772/2013 and connected matters      Page 2 of 64
                           Mr. Prashant Mendiratta, Adv. in CONT.CAS(C)
                          648/2014.
                          Ms. Sunieta Ojha, Advocate in CONT.CAS(C)
                          483-484/2016.
                          Mr. Ashisht Bhagat and Mr. Akhil Suri, Advocates
                          in CONT.CAS(C) 78/2017.
                          Mr. Vivek Singh and Mr. Randhir Kumar, Advs. in
                          CONT.CAS(C) 197/2017.
                          Respondent in chairman in CONT.CAS(C) 270/2017.

CORAM:
HON'BLE MS. JUSTICE HIMA KOHLI
HON'BLE MS. JUSTICE DEEPA SHARMA

HIMA KOHLI, J.

1. These matters have been placed before this Bench by Hon?ble a Acting Chief Justice in terms of an sequence antiquated 09.01.2017, upheld by a schooled Single Judge of this Court in a captioned negligence petitions wherein a following 4 questions of law have been framed for consideration:-

?A) Whether a party, that has underneath a allotment agreement dictated by a Court undertaken to record a petition underneath Section 13B(1) or a fit underneath Section 13B(2) of a Act, 1955 or both and has also undertaken to seem before a pronounced Court for receiving divorce ?can be reason probable for contempt?, if a pronounced celebration fails to record or seem in a petition or fit or both to obtain divorce in perspective of a choice to reconsider/renege a preference of holding divorce by mutual determine underneath Section 13B(2) of a Act?

B) Whether by try before a Court to record a second fit underneath Section 13B(2) of a Act, 1955 during Section 13B(1) theatre or by giving an try to a Court to that outcome in a detached probity proceeding, a celebration waives a right to rethink/renege underneath 13B(2) of a Act, 1955? If yes, possibly such right can be waived by a celebration underneath Section 13B(2) of a Act, 1955?

C) Whether any discipline are compulsory to be followed by a Court while recording a undertaking/agreement of a parties with honour to a petition underneath Section 13B(1) or a fit underneath Section 13B(2) of a Act, 1955 or both for receiving divorce?

D) Whether a visualisation in Avneesh Sood (supra) and Shikha Bhatia (supra) are good law in perspective of a doubts voiced by this Court in paras 19 to 28 and in perspective of a Division Bench visualisation in Dinesh Gulati (supra).?

2. We might explain that a anxiety finished to a 3 decisions referred to in para (D) above, is as follows:-

(i) CONT.CAS(C) 559/ 2011 entitled Avneesh Sood Vs. Tithi Sood motionless on 30.04.2012 reported as 2012 SCC Online 2445.

(ii) Shikha Bhatia Vs. Gaurav Bhatia & Ors. reported as 178 (2011) DLT 128.

(iii) MAT. APP. (F.C.) 70/2016 entitled Dinesh Gulati Vs. Ranjana Gulati motionless on 02.08.2016.

FACTUAL MATRIX

3. The backdrop in that a anxiety has been finished by a schooled Single Judge on a 4 questions of law extracted above, is that a collection of negligence petitions were placed before a pronounced Court, alleging inter alia bullheaded insubordination of a try given by a associate to appear, pointer and file, both, the Section 13B(1) petition and the Section 13(B)(2) motion under the Hindu Marriage Act, 1955 (in brief „the Act?). The undertakings given by a spouses were supposed by a Court possibly during a theatre of filing the Section 13B(1) petition or were incorporated in a determine decree. It was remarkable that usually in CONT.CAS(C) 1147/2016 and 1251/2016, a undertakings in all a remaining cases, as furnished to a endangered courts and duly accepted, were opposite consideration. Following is a tabulated matter of a poignant standing of any box in these collection of petitions:-

Sr. Case No.          Who is a    Was      there   a  Did a            Stage       of
No.                   petitioner?   mutual allotment parties record a       filing      of
                      (Husband      seeking divorce by   First             contempt, is
                       or Wife)     consent?            Motion?            it     before
                                                                           First motion
                                                                           or after first
                                                                           motion?
1     Cont.           Husband       Yes. Joint matter    Yes. First     After First
      CAS(C)                        antiquated 16.10.2012        Motion         Motion and
      772/13- Rajat                 accessible in a           authorised vide   before
      Gupta vs                      petition u/S 13(1)(i-   sequence antiquated    Second
      Rupali Gupta                  a) of HMA Act.          03.11.2012     motion.
                                    - In Court.

2    Cont. CAS (C) Husband          Yes. MOU antiquated          Yes. First     After First
     347/2013-                      08.11.2012.             Motion         Motion and
     Manpreet                       - Outside Court         authorised vide   before
     Singh Bhatia                                           sequence antiquated    Second
     v. Smt Sumita                                          08.11.2012     motion.
     Bhatia

3    Cont. Cas (C)    Husband       Yes. Settlement         After First    After First
     484/14                         accessible by             fit was     fit was
      Deepak Batra                  Mediation Centre,       moved, afterwards    moved.
      Vs. Swati                     Saket on                it was
      Batra                         17.10.2013.             withdrawn
                                    - In Court              vide order
                                                            dated
                                                            05.05.2014.
4    Cont. CAS (C)    Husband       Yes. Settlement         Yes. First     After First
     584/2014-                      accessible by             fit         motion
     Kamal                          Mediation Centre,       authorised vide   before



      Godwani v.                  KKD on                 sequence antiquated    second
     Annu Bharti                 18.12.2012.            01.08.2013.    motion.
                                 - In Court.
5.    Cont.         Husband      Yes. Joint matter   No. First     Before First
      CAS(C)                     of allotment          Motion was    motion.
      648/14- Dr.                accessible on            not sealed by
      Arun Sharma                01.12.2012 before      wife.
      vs. Pooja                  Family Court,
      Sharma                     Patiala House.
                                 - In Court.
6     Cont.         Wife         Yes. Settlement        No. First      Before First
      CAS(C)                     accessible by            Motion was     motion.
      48/16-                     Mediation Centre       not signed.
      Manvinder                  antiquated 29.05.2015.
      Kaur vs.                   - In Court.
      Bikramjit
      Singh Sokhi
      and Anr.

7.   Cont. CAS (C) Husband       Yes- Settlement        Yes.           After First
     483/2016 W                  Agreement antiquated        First Motion   motion,
     CDR Sitanshu                05.05.2015.            was authorised    before
     Sinha vs.                   - Outside Court        vide sequence     Second
     Prachi Singh                                       antiquated          motion
     @ Prachi                                           01.06.2015.
     Sinha
8.   Cont. CAS (C) Husband       Yes- Settlement        Yes.           After First
     484/2016 WG                 Agreement antiquated        First Motion   motion,
     CDR Sitanshu                05.05.2015.            was authorised    before
     Sinha vs.                   - Outside Court        vide sequence     Second
     Prachi Singh                                       antiquated          motion
     @ Prachi                                           01.06.2015.
     Sinha
9.   Cont Cas (C)  Husband       Yes. Settlement        Yes. First     After First
     1147/16                     Deed antiquated             Motion         Motion and
     Naveen                      26.05.2015             authorised vide   before
     Kumar Jain                  - Outside Court        sequence antiquated    Second
     Vs. Indu Jain                                      06.06.2015.    motion.

10    Cont.         Wife         Yes. MOU antiquated         Yes. First     After First
      CAS(C)                     12.02.2015.            Motion         motion
      1116/16-                   - Outside Court        authorised vide   before
      Amrita Kaur                                       sequence antiquated    Second
      Saxena vs.                                        24.03.2015.    motion.




       Gaurav
      Saxena

11    Cont.        Husband       Yes. Memorandum       Yes. First     After First
      CAS(C)                     of Understanding      Motion         motion

1251/2016- antiquated 24.09.2015. authorised vide before Vikas Sharma – Outside Court sequence antiquated Second vs. Shalini 22.02.2016. motion.

      Chhabra

12    Cont.          Wife        Yes. MOU antiquated        Yes. First     After First
      CAS(C)                     02.04.2015.           Motion         Motion and
      78/2017-                   - Outside Court       authorised vide   before
      Seetangeli                                       sequence antiquated    Second
      Bhutani vs.                                      20.05.2016.    motion.
      Ajay Bhutani

13    Cont.          Wife        Yes- Joint            Yes. First     After First
      CAS(C)                     matter antiquated       Motion         Motion and
      132/2017-                  16.09.2015 accessible   authorised vide   before
      Smt.                       in First Motion       sequence antiquated    Second
      Manveen                    petition.             16.09.2015     motion.
      Kaur vs.                   - In Court.
      Nipun Kapur

14    Cont.          Husband     Yes. Memorandum       Yes. First     After First
      CAS(C)                     of Settlement antiquated   Motion         fit and
      197/2017-                  01.09.2016 accessible   authorised vide   before
      Manjul                     by Counselor,         sequence antiquated    Second
      Taneja vs.                 Family Court.         02.09.2016.    motion.
      Suman                      - In Court
      Baswal

15   Cont.CAS (C)    Wife        Yes. Settlement       Yes, First     After First
     204/17                      Agreement antiquated       Motion         motion
                                 26.03.2014 accessible   authorised vide   before
                                 by Mediation          sequence antiquated    second
      Deepa Vs.                  Centre.               06.12.2014.    motion.
      Kamal Singh                - In Court.
16   Cont. CAS(C) Husband        Yes. Memorandum       Yes. First     After First
     216/2017-                   of Settlement antiquated   Motion         motion
     Mithun                      30.04.2015.           authorised vide   before
     Radhakrishnan               - Outside Court       sequence antiquated    Second
     vs. Aastha                                        02.05.2015.    motion.
     Sahdev



 17    Cont.         Husband      Yes. MOU antiquated      Yes. First     After First
      CAS(C)                     02.02.2016 in       Motion         motion
      270/17-                    Mediation Centre.   authorised vide   before
      Amarjeet                   - In Court          sequence antiquated    Second
      Singh vs.                                      07.04.2016.    motion.
      Geetanjali



4. Confronted with a incompatible stands taken by both sides where on a one hand, schooled counsels for a petitioners had urged that negligence is captivated for crack of a try supposed by a probity to record a Section 13B(1) petition as good as a Second fit under Section 13B(2) of a Act for divorce and it should be treated as a bullheaded crack of a try given to a court, and on a other hand, a mount of a schooled counsels for a respondents was that refusal on a partial of a associate to join/give determine for recording a matter under Section 13B(2) of a Act, for a Family Court to pass a ensue of divorce formed on mutual consent, as contemplated under Section 13B of a Act, can't consecrate negligence and a probity does not have a office to go into a bonafides or choice of a withdrawal of a consent, a schooled Single Judge had examined a supplies of Section 13B of a Act and a authorised precedents cited by both sides and beheld that dual schooled Single Judges of this Court in a cases of Shikha Bhatia (supra) and Avneesh Sood (supra), had opined that a spouse, who gives an try to a probity to reside by a determine given in a First fit for retraction of wedlock under Section 13B(1) of a Act and for relocating a Second fit petition, can't be accessible to resile from such an try on a basement of an agreement arrived during between a parties and any try to resile therefrom would amount to a crack of a try supposed by a probity and therefore, attract negligence proceedings.

5. The preference of a Division Bench of this Court in a box of Dinesh Gulati (supra) was also brought a notice of a schooled Single Judge, wherein probability to negligence record opposite a respondent/wife by a appellant/husband on a protest that notwithstanding a mutual determine accessible before a Family Court to disintegrate their marriage, a mother was not auxiliary with a husband, was questioned and further, suo moto negligence record instituted by a schooled Family Court opposite a father for non-compliance of a determine sequence and corner matter accessible by a parties progressing thereto, were quashed. The Division Bench reason that such an sequence of initiating suo moto negligence record neglects a mutuality aspect supposing for under Section 13B of a Act and once a parties were incompetent to or did not wish to ensue with a agreement for mutual determine divorce, afterwards a usually probability was to revive a strange divorce petition. Counsels for some of a petitioners had urged that that a preference in a box of Dinesh Gulati (supra) is per incuriam as it has not taken note of a judgments of a schooled Single Judges in a cases of Shikha Bhatia (supra) and Avneesh Sood (supra),

6. Recording a submissions of a schooled counsels for a parties, a schooled Single Judge voiced a perspective that a Division Bench had taken a diametrically opposite perspective in a box of Dinesh Gulati (supra) vis-à-vis that voiced by a dual schooled Single Judges of this Court in a cases of Shikha Bhatia (supra) and Avneesh Sood (supra) and accordingly proceeded to support 4 questions of law extracted above, mouth-watering a preference by a Division Bench. It is in a aforesaid poignant credentials that these matters have been placed before this Bench.

RELEVANT STATUTORY PROVISIONS

7. The germane supplies of the Hindu Marriage Act, 1955 and the Contempt of Courts Act, 1971 are extracted below:-

?THE HINDU MARRIAGE ACT, 1955 Section 13B Divorce by mutual consent. —

(1) Subject to a supplies of this Act a petition for retraction of wedlock by a ensue of divorce might be presented to a district probity by both a parties to a wedlock together, possibly such wedlock was solemnised before or after a derivation of the Marriage Laws (Amendment) Act, 1976 (68 of 1976), on a belligerent that they have been vital alone for a duration of one year or more, that they have not been means to live together and that they have jointly resolved that a wedlock should be dissolved.

(2) On a fit of both a parties finished not progressing than 6 months after a date of a display of a petition referred to in sub-section (1) and not after than eighteen months after a pronounced date, if a petition is not cold in a meantime, a probity shall, on being satisfied, after conference a parties and after creation such exploration as it thinks fit, that a wedlock has been solemnised and that a averments in a petition are true, pass a ensue of divorce dogmatic a wedlock to be dissolved with outcome from a date of a decree.

                    XXX           XXX          XXX

      23 Decree in record .--

(1) In any pierce underneath this Act, possibly shielded or not, if a probity is confident that–

      (a)            XXX           XXX      XXX
      (b)            XXX           XXX      XXX



[(bb) when a divorce is sought on a belligerent of mutual consent, such determine has not been performed by force, rascal or undue influence, and]

(c) XXX XXX XXX

(d) XXX XXX XXX

(e) XXX XXX XXX (2) Before pierce to extend any service underneath this Act, it shall be a avocation of a probity in a initial instance, in any box where it is probable so to do consistently with a inlet and resources of a case, to make any try to pierce about a allotment between a parties: [Provided that zero contained in this sub-section shall ask to any pierce wherein service is sought on any of a drift specified in proviso (ii), proviso (iii), proviso (iv), clause

(v), proviso (vi) or proviso (vii) of sub-section (1) of section 13.] XXX XXX XXX CONTEMPT OF COURTS ACT, 1971

2. Definitions – In this Act, unless a context differently requires, –

(a) XXX XXX XXX

(b) ?civil contempt? means determined insubordination to any judgment, decree, direction, order, management or other routine of a probity or determined crack of an try given to a court;

10. Power of High Court to retaliate contempts of subordinate courts. – Every High Court shall have and use a same jurisdiction, powers and authority, in suitability with a same procession and practice, in honour of negligence of courts subordinate to it as it has and exercises in honour of contempts of itself:

Provided that no High Court shall take knowledge of a negligence purported to have been committed in honour of a probity subordinate to it where such negligence is an corruption punishable under the Indian Penal Code (45 of 1860).

11. Power of High Court to try offences committed or offenders found outward jurisdiction. – A High Court shall have jurisdiction to scrutinise into or try a negligence of itself or of any probity subordinate to it, possibly a negligence is purported to have been committed within or outward a internal boundary of a jurisdiction, and possibly a chairman purported to be guilty of negligence is within or outward such limits.

12. Punishment for negligence of court. – (1) Save as differently privately supposing in this Act or in any other law, a negligence of probity might be punished with elementary seizure for a tenure that might extend to 6 months, or with excellent that might extend to dual thousand rupees, or with both:

Provided that a indicted might be liberated or a punishment awarded might be remitted on reparation being finished to a compensation of a court.

Explanation. – An reparation shall not be deserted merely on a belligerent that it is competent or redeeming if a indicted creates it bona fide.

(2) Notwithstanding anything contained in any law for a time being in force, no probity shall levy a visualisation in additional of that specified in sub-section (1) for any negligence possibly in honour of itself or of a probity subordinate to it. (3) Notwithstanding anything contained in this section, where a chairman is found guilty of a polite contempt, a court, if it considers that a excellent will not accommodate a ends of probity and that a visualisation of seizure is compulsory shall, instead of sentencing him to elementary imprisonment, ensue that he be incarcerated in a polite jail for such duration not surpassing 6 months as it might cruise fit.

XXX XXX XXX

13. Contempts not punishable in certain cases.- Notwithstanding anything contained in any law for a time being in force,-

(a) no probity shall levy a visualisation underneath this Act for a negligence of probity unless it is confident that a negligence is of such a inlet that it almost interferes, or tends almost to meddle with a due march of justice;

(b) a probity might permit, in any pierce for negligence of court, justification by law as a current counterclaim if it is confident that it is in open seductiveness and a ask for invoking a pronounced counterclaim is bonafides.? DECISIONS IN SHIKHA BHATIA (SUPRA), AVNEESH SOOD (SUPRA) AND DINESH GULATI (SUPRA)

8. We now ensue to inspect a contribution of Shikha Bhatia (supra) and Avneesh Sood (supra), that are staid to be unsuitable with a preference of a Division Bench in a box of Dinesh Gulati (supra).

9. In a box of Shikha Bhatia (supra), during a pendency of a petition filed before a High Court for anticipatory bail in a FIR purebred opposite him and his parents, a respondent/husband had entered into an agreement with a petitioner/wife, wherein he had resolved to compensate a quantified volume to her in full and final compensation of all her claims and in care thereof, a mother had resolved to pointer a First fit for extend of divorce by mutual determine and afterwards a petition under Section 13B(2)of a Act. In terms of a pronounced settlement, a mother had also resolved not to vigilant to quashing of a FIR purebred opposite a respondent. When a father refused to reside by a try given to a mother by creation over a payments etc., she filed negligence record with a protest that a respondent No.1 had willfully overlooked a try given before a court. The schooled Single Judge celebrated that a father carrying taken advantage of a agreement entered into with a mother in terms of a settlement, he could not repel a same to her detriment. It was so reason that a father had willfully and deliberately overlooked a settlement recorded in probity on his possess illustration and accordingly announced him guilty of contempt. For holding so, faith was placed on a preference of a Supreme Court in a box of Kapildeo Prasad Sah vs. State of Bihar reported as (1999) 7 SCC 569, that had highlighted a fact that for holding a celebration guilty of polite contempt, a component of bullheaded insubordination of a visualisation or sequence of a probity contingency be established.

10. In a box of Avneesh Sood (supra), disputes and differences had arisen between a parties after a decade of their wedlock and they had executed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) similar inter alia to find divorce by mutual consent. The pronounced MOU had accessible several terms and conditions for a one time allotment wherein a father had resolved to compensate a quantified volume to a wife, in installments. There were other terms and conditions laid down in a MOU, relating to a control of their teenager child. After execution of a MOU, a parties had filed a corner petition for retraction of wedlock by mutual determine under Section 13B(1) of a Act and had incorporated therein a terms and conditions of settlement, that were duly supposed by a probity during a First fit proceedings. Later on, when a mother refused to concur with a father for relocating a Second fit petition under Section 13B(2) of a Act, he filed a negligence petition opposite a respondent/wife on a belligerent that she had cold from a try given by her to a probity during a time of filing a petition for mutual divorce under Section 13B(1) of a Act before a Family Court. Relying on a preference of a Single Judge in a box of Shikha Bhatia (supra) and of a Karnataka High Court in a box of S. Balasubramaniyam v. P. Janakaraju & Anr. reported as 2004 (5) Kar. LJ 338 (DB), a schooled Single Judge reason a mother guilty of negligence of probity for carrying breached a try given to a schooled ADJ in a First fit divorce record under Section 13B(1) of a Act and released a notice to uncover means to her as to given she should not be punished for negligence of court, quite when she had successive advantages from a father in terms of a MOU.

11. Coming successive to a preference of a Division Bench in a box of Dinesh Gulati (supra), in a pronounced case, a appellant/husband and a respondent/wife had finished a corner matter before a Family Court on 22.07.2014, saying that they had resolved all their matrimonial disputes including disputes relating to dowry/Stridhan articles and permanent subsistence and they had motionless to disintegrate their wedlock by mutual consent. One of a terms of allotment between a parties was that a father would send an determined skill in a name of his mother within one month and compensate her a sold sum of income on or before a Second fit was altered by a parties under Section 13B(2) of a Act. After about dual years from a date their corner matter was accessible before a Family Court, a father filed an focus for initiating negligence record opposite a mother on a belligerent of non-compliance of a sequence antiquated 22.07.2014, saying inter alia that she was not entrance onward to record a corner petition under Section 13B(1) of a Act for receiving a ensue of divorce by mutual consent. The mother had countered a pronounced acquiescence by indicating out to a Family Court that a father had not complied with his partial of a obligations undertaken in a corner statement, carrying unsuccessful to send a determined skill in her name, within a resolved timeline.

12. On conference a parties and perusing their corner matter accessible on 22.07.2014 and observant a insurgency on a partial of a father to send a determined skill in foster of a mother notwithstanding a terms and conditions stipulated in a allotment combining a partial of a corner statement, a schooled Family Court declined to trigger negligence record opposite a mother and discharged a husband?s application. It afterwards proceeded to emanate a notice to uncover means to a father job on him to explain given negligence record should not be instituted opposite him for non-compliance of a allotment accessible in a corner matter antiquated 22.07.2014.

13. Aggrieved by a suo moto negligence record instituted by a Family Court, a father approached a High Court for relief. The Division Bench voiced a perspective that probability to suo moto negligence record in a resources of a case, neglects a mutuality aspect supposing under Section 13B of a Act. The probity opined that outset of suo moto negligence record was a coercive process, foreclosing a choice that a parties have in terms of a resource laid down under Section 13B of a Act, that mandates a mutuality for extend of determine ensue of divorce, detached into dual stages. It was in a aforesaid context that a seductiveness filed by a father was allowed, a sequence antiquated 04.04.2016, upheld by a schooled Family Court, grouping outset of negligence record opposite him, was set aside and a strange divorce petition was easy for adjudication on merits as a parties did not wish to ensue offer with their agreement for mutual determine divorce.

14. Questions No.(A) and (B) framed above need an interpretation of Section 13B of a Act in a context of maintainability of contempt proceedings in a eventuality one celebration fails to record or seem for relocating a petition under Section 13B(1) or a fit under Section 13B(2) of a Act or take both steps, to obtain divorce. We have also been called on to demonstrate a perspective on a outcome of furnishing an try before a court, possibly during a dual stages contemplated in Section 13B or in detached probity record and possibly such an act will volume to waiving a rights of a celebration under Section 13B(2)of a Act. Question No.(C) formulated by a schooled Single Judge invites guidelines, if any, to be followed by a courts during a time of recording undertakings/agreements of a parties with honour to a dual stages contemplated under Section 13B of a Act, for receiving divorce. Question No. (D) juxtaposes a views voiced by a dual schooled Single Judges in a cases of Shikha Bhatia (supra) and Avneesh Sood (supra), wherein a delinquent spouses were reason guilty of negligence of probity for breaching a undertakings given by them, for receiving divorce by mutual consent, opposite a preference of a Division Bench in a box of Dinesh Gulati (supra), wherein suo moto negligence record instituted by a Family Court opposite a father for breaching a try accessible in his matter finished jointly with a mother before a Family court, were quashed and a strange divorce petition easy to a strange position.

ARGUMENTS ADDRESSED BY COUNSELS FOR THE PARTIES

15. Before pierce to answer a aforesaid questions, we might note that vide sequence antiquated 25.4.2017, CONT.CAS(C) 772/2013 was finished a lead matter for a functions of addressing arguments and Mr. B.B. Gupta, Senior Advocate was allocated as an Amicus Curiae to support a Court. The contentions of a schooled Amicus Curiae and a counsels for a parties were as follows:-

16. Mr. B.B. Gupta, a schooled Amicus Curiae had finished a following submissions:-

(i) That mutual determine is a sine qua non for flitting a ensue of divorce and a pronounced determine contingency be current and subsisting until a time a final ensue of divorce is passed. For a pronounced proposition, faith was placed on a visualisation of a Supreme Court in a box of Sureshta Devi vs. Om Prakashreported as (1991) 2 SCC 25.

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(ii) That courts can't assume determine of a celebration merely given both a parties are signatories to a First fit under Section 13B of a Act. Before flitting a ensue of divorce, a probity stays underneath an requirement to infer itself as to possibly a determine given by a parties is a current one. For a pronounced proposition, faith was placed on Smruti Pahariya vs. Sanjay Paharia reported as (2009) 13 SCC 338, Anil Kumar Jain vs. Maya Jain reported as (2009) 10 SCC 415 and Hitesh Bhatnagar vs. Deepa Bhatnagar reported as AIR 2011 SC 1637.

(iii) That courts are empowered to enquire into a bona fides of a associate who withdraws a determine after filing a petition under Section 13B of a Act. Reference was finished to Rajesh R. Nair vs. Meera Babu reported as AIR 2014 Kerala 44, Family Court Appeal No.61/2010 Prakash Alumal Kalandari vs. Mrs. Jahnavi Prakash Kalandari decided by a Bombay High Court on 06.05.2011 reported as AIR 2011 BOM 119, and Family Court Appeal No.230/2014 in Mrs. Ishita Kunal Sangani vs. Kunal Sudhir Sangani motionless by a Bombay High Court on 07.10.2014 reported as 2014 (6) ABR 767.

(iv) That defilement or crack of an undertaking, that forms a partial of a ensue of a court, amounts to negligence of court, irrespective of possibly it is open to a ensue hilt to govern a decree. In a pronounced context, Rama Narang vs. Ramesh Narang and Anr. reported as 2006(11) SCC 114 was cited to know a clarification of a tenure =undertaking’ and a consequences of a crack thereof and Ashok Paper Kamgar Union vs. Dharam Godha and Ors. reported as 2003(11) SCC 1 was quoted wherein a Supreme Court had explained a clarification of a terms, „willful? and „civil contempt?. The authorised options accessible for seeking duress of an interim/final ensue including an try given to a probity was highlighted by fixation faith on Kanwar Singh Saini vs. High Court of Delhi reported as (2012) 4 SCC 307.

(v) That a orthodox right can be waived by a chairman thesis to a condition that no open seductiveness is endangered therein. For this, anxiety was finished to Krishna Bahadur vs. Purna Theatre and Ors. reported as (2004) 8 SCC 229.

(vi) The decisions in a box of Hirabai Bharucha vs. Pirojshah Bharucha reported as AIR (32) 1945 Bombay 537 and Jyoti vs. Darshan Nirmal Jain reported as AIR 2013 Gujarat 2018 were cited, wherein wedlock has been announced a matter of open policy. Reference was also finished to Nagendrappa Natikar vs. Neelamma reported as 2014(14) SCC 452, to state that a Supreme Court has reason that a right to claim maintenance can't be waived by a wife, it being a gentle gratification legislation.

(vii) Lastly, anxiety was finished to a visualisation of a Division Bench of this Court in a box of Angle Infrastructure Pvt. Ltd. vs. Ashok Manchanda & Ors. reported as 2016(156) DRJ 290(DB), wherein a mode and demeanour of seeking execution of a allotment agreement arrived during by a ADR process, was exhaustively examined.

17. Mr. Sunil Mittal, schooled Senior Advocate had submitted that yet wedlock in Hindu law is treated as a eucharist and not a contract, on a introduction of Section 13B in a year 1976, a Act of 1955 provides an choice for retraction of a wedlock by mutual consent. He canvassed that once a parties arrive during a allotment by invoking a Alternate Dispute Resolution (ADR) resource and a pronounced mediated allotment is supposed by a court, it becomes a decree, that is executable and a supplies of Section 13B of a Act follow thereafter. In a eventuality possibly of a parties to a allotment are authorised to renege from such a allotment arrived during possibly by intervention or out of court, afterwards a whole vigilant of ADR will be brought to a zilch and in those circumstances, a law of negligence contingency be exercised to forestall a delinquent celebration from breaching a Settlement Agreement. Learned warn offer argued that Section 13B(1) of a Act embodies and implies a determine of both a parties, who can't be accessible to renege and a underlying purpose of giving a window of 6 months to a spouses under Section 13B(2) of a Act, is usually to capacitate them to determine their disputes, yet not to repel from a determine already given and lengthen a anguish of a other spouse. Much importance was laid by learned warn on a observations finished in a box of Afcons Infrastructure Ltd. and Anr. vs. Cherian Varkey Construction Company Private Limited and Ors. reported as (2010) 8 SCC 24, where a swap brawl fortitude resource and execution of a allotment arrived during by a pronounced mechanism, were delved into during length and explained by a Supreme Court.

18. The preference in a box of Dr. Keshaorao Krishnaji Londhe vs. Mrs. Nisha Londhe reported as AIR 1984 BOMBAY 413 was cited by Mr. Mittal, Senior Advocate to titillate that there has been a sea change in a visualisation of open routine inasmuch as before to a year 1964, usually authorised subdivision was slight on a belligerent of cruelty yet thereafter, divorce was accessible after watchful for a duration of dual years from a date of flitting a ensue of authorised separation, thesis to certain conditions. Post a amendments to a Act of 1955, when Section 13B came to be enacted, a “fault theory” that was supposed for extend of a divorce or a authorised separation, was treated as outdated. The box of Shri Lachoo Mal vs. Radhey Shyam reported as 1971(1) SCC 619, wherein a doctrine of waiver was interpreted by a Supreme Court, was cited to titillate that unless there is any demonstrate crack opposite constrictive out of a Statute, questions can't be lifted on anyone entering into such a agreement in his private capacity, yet infringing any open right or open policy. The preference in a box of Rajiv Chhikara vs. Sandhya Mathur reported as 2017 (161) DRJ 80 (DB) was relied on to highlight that resiling from a allotment agreement also constitutes mental cruelty.

19. A new preference of a Supreme Court in a box of Amardeep Singh vs. Harveen Kaur reported as (2017) 8 SCC 746 was quoted by a learned counsel to strut his evidence that even a Supreme Court has concurred a change in open routine by needing waiver of a orthodox duration of 6 months, contemplated in Section 13B of a Act, with a vigilant of preventing a influential duration of a standing of wedlock between reluctant partners. He resolved his arguments by saying that powers of negligence contingency be invoked by courts to forestall crack of agreement and to diminish a enlarged anguish of a parties by constrained them to sojourn assimilated in a upheld marriage.

20. Mr. Ashish Virmani, schooled warn mostly upheld a arguments addressed by Mr. Sunil Mittal, Senior Advocate. He referred to Supreme Court Bar Association vs. Union of India and Anr. reported as (1998) 4 SCC 409 and T. Sudhakar Prasad vs. Govt. of A.P. and Ors. reported as (2001) 1 SCC 516 to titillate that powers of negligence are fundamental powers vested in a Supreme Court and a High Courts that can't be whittled down or taken divided by any legislative dramatization subordinate to a Constitution of India. The pronounced powers contingency be exercised in resources where one of a parties breaches a terms and conditions of a allotment for receiving a ensue of divorce by mutual determine as negligence record work in an unconditionally opposite margin and do not branch possibly from a supplies of Section 13B(1) or Section 13B(2) of a Act. He staid that a consequences of non-filing of a corner fit for mutual divorce under Section 13B(2) of a Act can't strike on a courts? eccentric powers to trigger negligence proceedings, after it has examined possibly an try has been furnished by a associate and if so, possibly there is any justification for violating a pronounced undertaking.

21. Ms. Chandrani Prasad, schooled warn also permitted a submissions finished by Mr. Sunil Mittal, Senior Advocate and Mr. Ashish Virmani, Advocate. She quite referred to a supplies of Section 23(1)(bb) of a Act to disagree that usually if a probity is confident that a divorce is being sought on a belligerent of mutual determine and such a determine has not been performed by sportive force, rascal or undue influence, irrespective of possibly such a pierce is shielded or not, afterwards in box of a crack of a agreement/undertaking given by a spouse, negligence record will lie.

22. Mr. Prashant Mendiratta, schooled warn canvassed that it is a staid position of law that an try given to a probity and orders delivered by courts are to be complied with underneath all resources and a chairman can agreement himself out of a orthodox right dictated for his/her advantage so prolonged as such an act does not strike on a open policy. He submitted that a agreement underneath that a chairman waives his right, is current and enforceable and such an act of waiver is discernible from a doctrine of estoppels, as simplified in a box of Shri Lachoo Mal (supra) and Krishna Bahadur (supra); that a right can be waived by a celebration for whose advantage a pronounced right exists, as reason in Municipal Corporation of Greater Bombay vs. Dr. Hakimwadi Tenants? Association ad Ors. reported as (1988) Supp. SCC 55 and Union of India vs. Pramod Gupta (Dead) By LRs and Ors. reported as (2005) 12 SCC 1; that an sequence of a probity or an try given to a Court contingency be obeyed by all a parties endangered compartment such an sequence is set aside, as reason in S. Balasubramaniyam (supra); that a corner petition under Section 13B of a Act of 1955 can't be cold by a celebration for malafide and unconnected reasons as reason in Rajesh vs. Mrs. Bhavna reported as 2008(6) Mh.L.J. 853. To strut his evidence that a “cooling period” between a petition filed under Section 13B(1) and a corner fit filed underSection 13B(2) of a Act, is meant to try allotment between a parties and a determine can be cold by possibly associate during any time before a ensue is passed, he alluded to a decisions in a box of Sureshta Devi (supra), Anil Kumar Jain (supra) and Hitesh Bhatnagar (supra).

23. Per contra, Mr. Rajat Aneja, schooled warn laid most importance on a fact that a wedlock is a eucharist in a Hindu Law and therefore, it has a open routine dimension. He cited Pirojshah Bharucha?s box (supra) and Jyoti?s box (supra) to contention that any bid contingency be finished by a Courts to means a establishment of wedlock as prescribed in Section 23 of a Act, and Section 9 of a Family Courts Act. It was submitted that if a agreement between a spouses recording a terms of allotment runs opposite a open policy, afterwards it contingency be treated as blank ab initio and unenforceable in law and in those circumstances, negligence record can't be resorted to. In a eventuality of non-filing of a corner fit under Section 13B(2) of a Act, as might have been resolved on by a parties, negligence record will not distortion as a orthodox right vested in a celebration to rethink, can't be waived. He canvassed that a consequences of non-compliance of a terms and conditions accessible in a allotment or an try given by possibly spouse, can usually outcome in replacement of standing quo ante. Learned warn staid that a preference of a Supreme Court in a box of Sureshta Devi (supra) stays good law. Reliance was placed by him on Inderjit Kaur vs. Rajinder Singh reported as 18 (1980) DLT 197 and Ashish Ranjan vs. Anupma Tandon and Anr. reported as (2010) 14 SCC 274, to state that if an agreement between the parties would outcome in defeating a supplies of a Statute or is in defilement of an enactment, afterwards it can't outcome in any negligence record and further, that a change in a resources of a box or successive developments contingency be taken into care for dropping negligence proceedings.

JUDICIAL PRONOUNCEMENTS ON THE SCOPE OF SECTION 13B OF THE HINDU MARRIAGE ACT, 1955 AND THE RIGHT TO WITHDRAW CONSENT

24. First, a peek during a orthodox supplies is necessary. Section 13B of a Act requires that a petition for divorce by mutual determine contingency be presented to a probity jointly by both a parties. The pronounced sustenance contemplates dual stages. The initial theatre is of Section 13B(1) that lays down a essential charge to be over by a parties as minute below:-

(i) That a petition for divorce contingency be presented to a District Court.

(ii) That a pronounced petition contingency be presented jointly, by both a parties to a wedlock possibly such a wedlock was solemnized before or after a derivation of the Marriage Laws (Amendment) Act, 1976.

(iii) That a parties have been vital alone for a duration of one year.

(iv) That a parties have not been means to live together and

(v) That a parties jointly resolved that a wedlock should be dissolved.

It is transparent from a aforesaid conditions prescribed in Section 13B(1) that it is imperative in inlet and certain specific jurisdictional contribution contingency be in existence for a Family probity to assume office of a box and perform a petition for divorce by mutual consent.

25. The second theatre is of Section 13B(2) that relates to a demeanour in that a probity exercises a jurisdiction, provides that both a parties contingency again seem in a Second fit before a court. The parties are also compulsory to make a corner fit not reduction than 6 months after a date of display of a initial fit and not after than 18 months after a pronounced date. It is during a theatre of a Second fit that a probity contingency control an enquiry as it might cruise necessary, to infer itself as to a genuineness of a averments finished in a petition and also to determine as to possibly a pronounced determine was not performed by force, rascal or undue influence, as contemplated under Section 23(1)(bb)of a Act. The enquiry that a probity is compulsory to undertake, might embody a conference or a conference of a parties. Only when a probity is confident after conducting an enquiry in a demeanour it thinks fit that a determine of a parties was not performed by fraud, force or undue change and that they had jointly resolved to disintegrate a marriage, should a ensue of divorce be passed.

26. In a box of Sureshta Devi (supra), a doubt that arose before a Supreme Court was as to possibly it is open to one of a spouses during any time compartment a ensue of divorce is passed, to repel a determine given to a petition filed under Section 13B of a Act. The Supreme Court beheld a anomalous views voiced by opposite High Courts. The Bombay High Court, Delhi High Court and Madhya Pradesh High Court took a perspective that a vicious time for a determine for divorce under Section 13B was when a initial petition was filed and if a determine was given voluntarily, it was not probable for any celebration to repel a pronounced consent. On a other hand, the Kerala High Court, Punjab and Haryana High Court and Rajasthan High Court reason that it is open to one of a spouses to repel a determine given to a petition during any time before a probity passes a ensue of divorce. On interpreting Section 13B(2) of a Act and examining a anomalous views voiced by opposite High Courts, a Supreme Court authorized a perspective voiced by a High Courts of Kerala, Punjab & Haryana High Court and Rajasthan on a interpretation of Section 13 B(2) and reason that:-

?13. From a research of a Section, it will be apparent that a filing of a petition with mutual determine does not authorize a probity to make a ensue for divorce. There is a duration of watchful from 6 to 18 months. This distance was apparently dictated to give time and eventuality to a parties to simulate on their pierce and find recommendation from family and friends. In this transitory duration one of a parties might have a second suspicion and change a mind not to ensue with a petition. The associate might not be celebration to a corner fit underneath sub-section (2). There is zero in a Section that prevents such course. The Section does not yield that if there is a change of mind it should not be by one celebration alone, yet by both. The High Courts of Bombay and Delhi have proceeded on a belligerent that a essential time for giving mutual determine for divorce is a time of filing a petition and not a time when they subsequently pierce for divorce decree. This ensue appears to be untenable. At a time of a petition by mutual consent, a parties are not unknowingly that their petition does not by itself snap marital ties. They know that they have to take a offer step to snap marital ties. Sub- territory (2) of Section 13-B is transparent on this point. It provides that “on a fit of both a parties? …. if a petition is not cold in a meantime, a Court shall pass a ensue of divorce What is poignant in this sustenance is that there should also be mutual determine when they pierce a probity with a ask to pass a ensue of divorce. Secondly, a Court shall be satisfied about a bonafides and a determine of a parties. If there is no mutual determine during a time of a enquiry, a probity gets no office to make a ensue for divorce. If a perspective is otherwise, a Court could make an enquiry and pass a divorce ensue even during a instance of one of a parties and opposite a determine of a other. Such a ensue can't be regarded as ensue by mutual consent.? (emphasis added)

27. The preference in a box of Sureshta Devi (supra) was permitted by a 3 Judge Bench of a Supreme Court in a box of Smruti Pahariya (supra) in a following words:-

?42. We are of a perspective that it is usually on a continued mutual determine of a parties that a ensue for divorce under Section 13-B of a pronounced Act can be upheld by a court. If petition for divorce is not rigourously cold and is kept indeterminate afterwards on a date when a probity grants a decree, a probity has a orthodox requirement to hear a parties to discern their consent. From a deficiency of one of a parties for dual to 3 days, a probity can't assume his/her determine as has been finished by a schooled Family Court Judge in a benefaction box and generally in a fact situation, discussed above.

43. In a perspective it is usually a mutual determine of a parties that gives a probity a office to pass a ensue for divorce under Section 13-B. So in cases under Section 13-B, mutual determine of a parties is a jurisdictional fact. The probity while flitting a ensue under Section 13-B would be delayed and wary before it can infer a existence of such jurisdictional fact. The probity has to be confident about a existence of mutual determine between a parties on some discernible materials that demonstrably divulge such consent.” (emphasis added)

28. Following a preference in a box of Sureshta Devi (supra), in a box of Anil Kumar Jain (supra), a Supreme Court had simplified that a doctrine of unrecoverable relapse of wedlock is not accessible possibly to a High Court or a polite courts and usually a Supreme Court can plead a unusual office under Article 142 of a Constitution of India to do finish probity to a parties, when faced with a conditions where a wedlock tie is totally damaged and there is no probability whatsoever of a spouses entrance together again. It was offer announced that underneath a existent laws, a determine given by a parties during a time of filing of a corner petition for divorce by mutual consent, contingency say compartment a second theatre when a petition comes adult for orders and a ensue of divorce is finally passed.

29. Similarly, in a box of Hitesh Bhatnagar (supra), going by a denunciation used in Section 13B(2) of a Act, a Supreme Court simplified that one of a parties might repel their determine during any time before flitting of a ensue of divorce and unless there is a finish agreement between a father and mother for retraction of a wedlock and unless a probity is totally confident that a giveaway determine has been given by both a parties, a ensue of divorce by mutual determine can't be granted.

30. Interlinked with a aspect of giveaway consent, is a doubt as to possibly once a determine is given and after on, it is cold by one of a parties, can a probity enquire into a bonafides or differently of a withdrawal of a pronounced consent. The pronounced emanate was examined by a Division Bench of a Kerala High Court in a box of Rajesh R. Nair (supra) and answered thus:-

“19. The offer doubt to be warn is possibly once determine is given and is after cold by one of a parties, possibly a Court can enquire into a bona fides or differently of a withdrawal of a consent. By providing that a enquiry under S. 13B(2)shall be usually if determine is not withdrawn, a government privately recognizes a right of a parties to repel a determine even during a theatre of a enquiry contemplated under S. 13B(2). That right accessible to a parties is an utter right and for any reason whatsoever, if a parties or one of them, select to repel their consent, such withdrawal of determine is in use of a right accessible under S. 13B(2). If that be so, it is not for a probity to inspect into a bona fides or choice of withdrawal of determine and once determine is withdrawn, a usually choice accessible to a Court is to tighten a matter during that stage. If that be a authorised position, we are incompetent to find any blunder on a partial of a Family Court in carrying discharged a petition on a belligerent of non-compliance of a requirement of S. 13B(2) of a Act.” (emphasis added)

31. As opposite a above view, in a box of Prakash Alumal Kalandari (supra), a Division Bench of a Bombay High Court had celebrated that a appellant/husband therein did not have a right to repel his determine for extenuation divorce under Section 13B of a Act and reason as follows:-

“16. As aforesaid, if a Petition is filed “simplicitor under Section 13B of a Act” for divorce by mutual consent, a Court contingency infer itself that a determine given by a parties continues compartment a date of extenuation ensue of divorce. Even if one celebration unilaterally withdraws his/her consent, a Court does not get office to extend ensue of divorce by mutual determine in perspective of a charge of Section 13B of a Act. However, a conditions would be opposite if a parties in a initial instance review to Petition for service under Section 9 or 13 of a Act and during a pendency of such Petition, they confirm to entice ensue for divorce by mutual consent. On a basement of resolved arrangement, if a parties were to govern Consent Terms and afterwards record a grave Petition/Application to modify a indeterminate Petition to be treated as carrying been filed under Section 13B of a Act to extend ensue of divorce by mutual consent, then, in a latter proceedings, before a ensue is passed, one celebration can't be authorised to unilaterally repel a determine if a other celebration has already acted on a Consent Terms possibly unconditionally or in partial to his/her detriment. In other words, a Court will have to be confident that: (i) there is sufficient, good and usually means for needing a celebration to repel his consent, lest, it formula in needing a celebration to approbate and reprobate; (ii) that a other celebration would not humour change that is irreversible, due to withdrawal of a consent. If this twin requirement is not satisfied, a Court should be retiring to perform a ask to concede a celebration to unilaterally repel his/her consent.” (emphasis added)

32. We do not introduce to inspect a other visualisation of a Bombay High Court in a box of Ishita Kunal Sangani (supra) cited before us as a same has given been quashed by a Supreme Court vide visualisation antiquated 27.01.2015, reported as MANU/SC/0406/2015.

33. It can be seen from a above that a Supreme Court has reason that mutual determine is an indispensable condition for flitting a ensue of divorce under Section 13B of a Act and such a mutual determine should continue from a time of filing a First fit petition, compartment a divorce ensue is upheld and a marital ties finally snapped. The underlying thread of Section 13B is a mutuality aspect, a means that should sojourn in force from a starting indicate i.e., a date when a parties jointly record a First fit petition under Section 13B(1) to a theatre when they record a Second fit petition under Section 13B(2), compartment a final ensue for divorce by mutual determine is postulated by a endangered court.

WHETHER VIOLATION/BREACH OF UNDERTAKING/ SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT/CONSENT ORDER/DECREE WOULD AMOUNT TO CONTEMPT OF COURT

34. Proceeding further, it is compulsory to inspect a authorised precedents on a aspect as to possibly defilement or crack of a try combining a partial of a allotment agreement/consent sequence or a ensue of a probity would volume to negligence of court.

35. In a box of Ashok Paper Kamgar Union (supra), a Supreme Court had examined a sustenance of Section 2(b) of a Contempt of Court Act that defines a tenure =civil contempt’ and reason as follows:-

“17. Section 2(b) of Contempt of Courts Act defines ‘civil contempt’ and it means bullheaded insubordination to any judgment, decree, direction, order, management or other routine of a Court or bullheaded crack of try given to a Court. ‘Wilful’ means an act or repudiation that is finished willingly and intentionally and with a specific vigilant to do something a law forbids or with a specific vigilant to destroy to do something a law requires to be done, that is to contend with bad purpose possibly to pass or to negligence a law. It signifies a warn movement finished with immorality vigilant or with a bad belligerent or purpose. Therefore, in sequence to consecrate negligence a sequence of a Court contingency be of such a inlet that is able of execution by a chairman charged in normal circumstances. It should not need any additional typical bid nor should be dependent, possibly unconditionally or in part, on any act or repudiation of a third celebration for a compliance. This has to be judged carrying courtesy to a contribution and resources of any case. …..” (emphasis added)

36. Coming to a powers of negligence where a determine sequence has been upheld by a probity or an try given by a celebration to a court, in S. Balasubramaniyam (supra), a Karnataka High Court has reason as follows:-

?19. Orders of Courts have to be obeyed unless and until they are set aside in appeal/revision. Alternatively in any record for execution or in a material record where an sequence is sought to be enforced or relied on, it is probable for a celebration to settle that a sequence is zero and void. Then a Court deliberation a matter, if satisfied, will reason that a sequence is zero and blank and therefore not executable or enforceable. In this case, a sequence of eviction antiquated 6-8-1996 has been reliable by a Revisional Court by sequence antiquated 18- 11-1996 that in spin has been reliable by sequence antiquated 18- 12-1996 of this Court. These orders are not set aside. They have not been announced or reason to be zero and blank in any proceedings. Therefore, a Respondents can't assume for themselves that a try given by them is not current or that therefore they need not approve with it.

20. The beliefs relating to negligence are clear. The clarification Civil Contempt includes bullheaded crack of an try given to a Court. Public seductiveness requires that honest undertakings given to a Court with a goal of receiving any advantage should not be breached willfully. No contractor can be authorised to squirm divided from a honest try given to a Court, as it will open dangerous trends and improved a really purpose of giving undertakings to Court. While Courts will not be vindictive, Courts can't also concede themselves to be trifled with by violating a honest undertakings given to them. Litigants ought to know that once they given an try to a Court, they should approve with it in all circumstances, a usually exceptions being rascal or orthodox bar. They can't mangle an try with parole and afterwards try to transparent it. The crack of honest try given to a Court is a critical matter and will have to be dealt with seriously. Further, while execution of a ensue is a matter between a ensue hilt and a visualisation debtor, an try to a Court is a matter between a Court and a chairman who gives a try to a Court. The right of a landlord to get his reside vacated in terms of an sequence of eviction has zero to do with a solemn undertaking given by a reside to a Court to empty a premises to obtain a advantage of extend of time for leaving a premises. It therefore follows that even if a sequence of eviction becomes unexecutable for any reason, that will not pardon a chairman giving a try to Court, from behaving in terms of it.

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22. We are of a perspective that a outcome of sequence of eviction, has zero to do with a negligence movement taken for any bullheaded crack of honest try given by a contractor to a Court to empty a premises. Reliance placed on a preference rendered with anxiety to insubordination of orders upheld yet jurisdiction, as beheld above, might not be relevant, as a negligence purported is not bullheaded insubordination of any order/judgment, yet bullheaded crack of an try given to this Court. We, therefore, reason that irrespective of a fact that an sequence of eviction is executed or unexecutable, it will not pardon a respondents from their guilt and shortcoming to act in terms of a honest try given to a Court. Failure to empty a premises as undertaken by a tenants – respondent is clearly a bullheaded crack of try given to a Court that is a polite negligence punishable underneath a Act.? (emphasis added)

37. Taking a contention further, it is also warn compulsory to plead a energy of a probity to retaliate for contempt. In a box of Supreme Court Bar Association vs. Union of India & Anr. reported as (1998) 4 SCC 409, a Supreme Court had a arise to dwell on a fundamental powers vested in it under Article 129 read with Article 142(2) of a Constitution of India and a energy of a High Court under Article 215 of a Constitution to retaliate for negligence and reason as follows:-

21. It is, thus, seen that a energy of this probity in honour of review or punishment of any negligence including negligence of itself, is privately finished ‘subject to a supplies of any law finished in this seductiveness by a parliament’ by Article 142(2). However, a energy to retaliate for negligence being fundamental in a probity of record, it follows that no act of council can take divided that fundamental office of a Court of Record to retaliate for negligence and a Parliament’s energy of legislation on a thesis cannot, therefore, be so exercised as to stultify a standing and grace of a Supreme Court and/or a High Courts, yet such a legislation might offer as a beam for a integrity of a inlet of punishment that this probity might levy in a box of determined contempt. Parliament has not enacted any law traffic with a powers of a Supreme Court with courtesy to review and punishment of negligence of itself. (We shall impute to Section 15 of a Contempt of Courts Act, 1971, after on) and this Court, therefore exercises a energy to inspect and retaliate for negligence of itself by trait of a powers vested in it underneath Articles 129 and 142(2) of a Constitution of India.? (emphasis added)

38. In a box of T. Sudhakar Prasad (supra), reiterating a perspective voiced in Supreme Court Bar Association (supra), a Supreme Court once again announced that a powers of negligence are fundamental in inlet and a supplies of a Constitution usually commend a pronounced pre-existing situation. The observations finished in para 9 and 10 are apposite and are reproduced hereinbelow:-

9. Articles 129 and 215 of a Constitution of India announce Supreme Court and any High Court to be a Court of Record carrying all a powers of such a probity including a energy to retaliate for negligence of itself. These articles do not consult any new office or standing on a Supreme Court and a High Courts. They merely commend a pre-existing conditions that the Supreme Court and a High Courts are courts of record and by trait of being courts of record have fundamental office to retaliate for negligence of themselves. Such fundamental energy to retaliate for negligence is summary. It is not governed or singular by any manners of procession though a beliefs of healthy justice. The office contemplated by Articles 129 and 215 is inalienable. It can't be taken divided or whittled down by any legislative dramatization subordinate to a Constitution. The supplies of the Contempt of Courts Act, 1971 are in serve to and not in derogation of Articles 129 and 215 of a Constitution. The supplies of Contempt of Courts Act, 1971 can't be used for tying or controlling a use of office contemplated by a pronounced dual Articles.

10. In Supreme Court Bar Association Vs. Union of India (1998) 4 SCC 409, a full energy and negligence office of a Supreme Court came adult for a care of this Court and in that context Articles 129, 142, 144 and 215 of a Constitution were noticed. This Court reason that courts of record suffer energy to retaliate for negligence as a partial of their fundamental jurisdiction; a existence and accessibility of such energy being essential to capacitate a courts to discharge probity according to law in a regular, nurse and effective demeanour and to defend a sovereignty of law and forestall division in a due administration of probity (para 12). No act of Parliament can take divided that fundamental office of a Court of Record to retaliate for negligence and Parliaments energy of legislation on a thesis can't be so exercised as to stultify a standing and grace of a Supreme Court and/or a High Courts yet such a legislation might offer as a beam for their integrity of a inlet of punishment that a Court of Record might levy in a box of determined contempt. Power to inspect and retaliate for negligence of itself vesting in Supreme Court flows from Articles 129 and 142 (2) of a Constitution eccentric of Section 15 of a Contempt of Courts Act, 1971 (para 21). Section 12 of a Contempt of Courts Act, 1971 provides for a punishment that shall usually be imposed by a High Court in a box of an determined contempt. This section does not bargain with a powers of a Supreme Court to try or retaliate a contemnor in committing negligence of a Supreme Court or a courts subordinate to it (paras 28, 29,37). Though a fundamental energy of a High Court under Article 215 has not been impinged on by a supplies of the Contempt of Courts Act, a Act does yield for a inlet and forms of punishments that a High Court might award. The High Court can't emanate or assume energy to inflict a new form of punishment other than a one recognized and supposed by Section 12 of a Contempt of Courts Act, 1971.? (emphasis added)

39. In a box of Rama Narang (supra), where a rough dispute was taken by a respondent therein as to a maintainability of a negligence petition filed by a postulant before Supreme Court by holding a defence that a determine sequence accessible before a probity did not enclose an try or an explain of a probity and could not form a basement of any record for contempt. In other words, a small imprimatur of a probity to a determine arrangement was staid to be deficient to attract negligence jurisdiction. It was also argued that usually such determine orders that are joined with an try or an explain sequence of a court, could be a thesis matter of negligence proceedings.

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40. Exploring a story of a supplies of the Contempt of Court Act, as essentially legislated in a year 1952, followed by a 1971 Act, and alluding to a authorised precedents, a Supreme Court interpreted a denunciation of Section 2(b) of a 1971 Act that defines ?civil contempt?, in a context of a concede ensue and announced as below:-

“23. ….. As we have progressing noted, a territory itself provides that bullheaded defilement of any sequence or ensue etc. would tantamount to contempt. A concede ensue is as most a ensue as a ensue upheld on adjudication. It is not as has been poorly reason by a Calcutta High Court in Nisha Kanto Roy Chowdhury (supra) [AIR 1948 Cal. 294] merely an agreement between a parties. In flitting a ensue by consent, a Court adds a charge to a consent. A determine ensue is stoical of both a management and a contract. The Bombay High Court’s perspective in Bajranglal Gangadhar Khemka (supra) [AIR 1950 Bombay 336] rightly represents a law that a determine ensue is a agreement with a imprimatur of a Court. ‘Imprimatur’ means ‘authorized’ or ‘approved’. In other disproportion by flitting a ensue in terms of a determine sequence a Court authorizes and approves a march of movement consented to. Moreover, a supplies of Order 23 Rule 3 of a Code of Civil Procedure requires a Court to pass a ensue in suitability with a determine terms usually when it is valid to a compensation of a probity that a fit has been practiced unconditionally or in partial by any official agreement.

24. All decrees and orders are executable under the Code of Civil Procedure. Consent decrees or orders are of march also executable. But merely given an sequence or ensue is executable, would not take divided a Courts office to bargain with a matter underneath a Act supposing a Court is confident that a defilement of a sequence or ensue is such, that if proved, it would aver punishment under Section 13 of a Act on a belligerent that a negligence almost interferes or tends almost to meddle with a due march of justice. The decisions relied on by a respondents themselves reason so as we shall subsequently see.” (emphasis added)

41. In a captioned case, a Supreme Court resolved that a determine terms arrived during between a parties before it, carrying been incorporated in a sequence upheld by a court, any defilement of a pronounced terms of a determine order would tantamount to defilement of a court?s sequence and therefore, be punishable underneath a initial prong of Section 2(b) of a Contempt of Court Act, 1971.

42. In Kanwar Singh Saini (supra), a Supreme Court combined a word of warn while examining a box where record for rapist negligence under Section 19(1)(b) of a Act of 1971 were instituted opposite a appellant therein for crack of an try given by him before a polite probity in a fit for permanent explain filed opposite him and formed on a pronounced undertaking, a fit was likely of. The Supreme Court reason that once a fit stood decreed, if there is a protest of non-compliance with a terms of a ensue upheld in a suit, a pill is accessible to a depressed chairman to ensue a Execution Court yet review can't had to negligence proceedings, by invoking Order XXXIX Rule 2A of a CPC, as such a sustenance is accessible usually during a pendency of a fit and not after a finish of a trial. The perspective that negligence office can't be used to make a ensue upheld in a polite suit, was voiced in a following words:-

?20. The record underneath Order 39 Rule 2-A are accessible usually during a pendency of a fit and not after finish of a conference of a suit. Therefore, any try given to a probity during a pendency of a fit on a basement of that a fit itself has been likely of becomes a partial of a ensue and crack of such try is to be dealt with in execution record underneath Order 21 Rule 32 CPC and not by means of negligence proceedings. Even otherwise, it is not fascinating for a High Court to trigger rapist negligence record for insubordination of a sequence of a explain upheld by a subordinate court, for a reason that where a ensue is for an injunction, and a celebration opposite whom it has been upheld has willfully disobeyed it, a same might be executed by connection of his skill or by apprehension in polite jail or both.

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30. In an suitable box where well-developed resources exist, a probity might also review to a supplies germane in box of polite contempt, in box of violation/breach of undertaking/judgment/order or decree. However, before flitting any final sequence on such application, a probity contingency infer itself that there is defilement of such judgment, decree, instruction or sequence and such insubordination is bullheaded and intentional. Though in a box of execution of a decree, a executing probity might not be worried possibly a insubordination of a ensue is bullheaded or not and a probity is firm to govern a ensue whatever might be a outcome thereof. In a negligence proceeding, a purported contemnor might infer a probity that insubordination has been underneath some constrained circumstances, and in that situation, no punishment can be awarded to him. {See Niaz Mohammed v. State of Haryana [(1994) 6 SCC 332], Bank of Baroda v. Sadruddin Hasan Daya [AIR 2004 SC 942] and Rama Narang v. Ramesh Narang [AIR 2006 SC 1883]}. Thus, for defilement of a visualisation or ensue supplies of a rapist negligence are not attracted.?

43. In a box of Shailesh Dhairyawan vs. Mohan Balkrishna Lulla reported as (2016) 3 SCC 619, a Supreme Court reiterated a perspective as voiced in a box of Rama Narang (supra) that an sequence of determine is not a small agreement between a parties, yet something more. We might usefully impute to para 21 of a pronounced decision:-

?21. In fact, as has rightly been forked out by schooled warn for a respondent, Section 89 of a CPC privately provides that a Court conference a fit might delineate terms of allotment between a parties and might possibly settle a same or impute a same for allotment by conciliation, authorised settlement, intervention or arbitration. On a contribution in a present case, it is transparent that following a charge of Section 89, a Bombay High Court likely of a fit between a parties by recording a allotment between a parties in clauses 1 to 7 of a determine terms and by referring a remaining disputes to arbitration. In a benefaction box therefore it is transparent that it is a Bombay High Court that was a appointing management that had in fact allocated Mrs. Justice Sujata Manohar as magistrate in terms of proviso 8 of a determine terms. We contingency remember, as was reason in C.F. Angadi v. Y.S. Hirannayya, [1972] 1 SCC 191 that an sequence by determine is not a small agreement between a parties yet is something some-more given there is super-added to it a management of a Judge. On a contribution of a benefaction case, it is transparent that a Bombay High Court practical a mind to a determine terms as a whole and allocated Mrs. Justice Sujata Manohar as magistrate for a disputes that were left to be resolved by a parties. The pronounced appointing management has been approached by a respondent for appointment of a surrogate arbitrator, that was afterwards finished by a impugned judgment. This would therefore be ?according to a manners that were germane to a appointment of a magistrate being replaced? in suitability with Section 15(2) of a Act. We, therefore, find that a High Court rightly allocated another eccentric late Judge as surrogate magistrate in terms of Section 15(2) of a Arbitration Act, 1996. The seductiveness is, therefore, dismissed.? (emphasis added)

44. On a epitome of a authorised pronouncements referred to above, it is transparent that a contours of negligence office are unconditionally different. The Supreme Court and High Courts by trait of being courts of record, have a fundamental office to retaliate for negligence of probity and a 1971 Act is in serve to a pronounced fundamental powers. Section 2(b) of a 1971 Act not usually encompasses bullheaded insubordination to any judgment, decree, direction, sequence etc. of a court, it also takes in a overlay a bullheaded crack of an try given to a court. Breach of an try given to a probity is a solemnmatter, some-more so when a probity places a imprimatur on a same by flitting a determine order/decree. Simply given a decree/order is executable in law, will not take divided a court?s office to trigger negligence record and if confident that a pronounced crack of a undertaking/settlement agreement/consent sequence or ensue on a partial of a delinquent celebration is bullheaded and conscious or almost interferes or tends to meddle with due march of justice, levy punishment under Section 13 of a 1971 Act.

45. At a same time, a courts have reason in several authorised pronouncements that negligence office should be exercised sparingly and even if it finds that a celebration has committed negligence of court, courts can always use their choice to dump negligence proceedings, depending on a contribution and resources of a case. If a purported contemnor can infer a probity that such a disobedience/breach of a undertaking/settlement agreement/consent order/decree was underneath some constrained resources and not on comment of any deception or rascal etc. or that a terms were not executable or enforceable in law, afterwards a probity can use a choice to dump a pronounced record and decrease to retaliate a contemnor. The probity can also give directions to remedy/rectify a consequences of a actions suffered by a depressed party, caused on comment of a crack of a undertaking/settlement agreement/consent order/decree. However, a negligence pierce stays a matter exclusively between a probity and a purported contemnor. In a box of D.N. Taneja vs. Bhajan Lal reported as (1988) 3 SCC 26 and referred to by Mr. Ashish Virmani, a Supreme Court has highlighted a pronounced position and reason that any person, who moves a probity for contempt, usually brings to a notice of a probity certain facts constituting negligence of court. After furnishing a pronounced information, he might support a probity yet during a finish of a day, there are usually dual parties in such proceedings, a probity and a contemnor.

NATURE AND EFFECT OF WAIVER AND WHETHER IT INVOLVES PUBLIC RIGHT

46. It is successive warn compulsory to inspect a inlet and outcome of waiver in a light of a arguments addressed by one set of counsels before us that possibly celebration for whose advantage a charge or conditions have been supposing for in a Statute, can relinquish such a right, thesis to a condition that no open seductiveness is endangered therein and therefore, it contingency be firm by an try given or a determine sequence passed, foregoing a orthodox right.

47. In a box of Krishna Bahadur (supra), a Supreme Court discussed a beliefs of waiver, vis-à-vis a beliefs of estoppel and celebrated as below:-

“9. The component of waiver nonetheless is same to a component of estoppel; a disproportion between a two, however, is that given estoppel is not a means of action; it is a sequence of evidence; waiver is contractual and might consecrate a means of action; it is an agreement between a parties and a celebration entirely meaningful of a rights has resolved not to explain a right for a consideration.

10. A right can be waived by a celebration for whose advantage certain charge or conditions had been supposing for by a government thesis to a condition that no open seductiveness is endangered therein. Whenever waiver is pleaded it is for a celebration pleading a same to uncover that an agreement waiving a right in care of some concede came into being.

Statutory right, however, might also be waived by his conduct.” (emphasis added)

48. In a box of Lachoo Mal (supra), a Division Bench of a Allahabad High Court explained a doctrine of waiver as follows:-

?6. The ubiquitous component is that everybody has a right to relinquish and to determine to relinquish a advantage of a law or sequence finished usually for a advantage and insurance of a sold in his private ability that might be dispensed with yet infringing any open right or open policy. Thus a adage that sanctions a non-observance of a orthodox sustenance is “cuilibet licat renuntiare juri pro se introducto”. (See Maxwell on Interpretation of Statutes, Eleventh Edition, pages 375 & 376.) If there is any demonstrate crack opposite constrictive out of a government in it afterwards no doubt can arise of any one entering into a agreement that is so taboo yet where there is no such crack it will have to be seen possibly an Act is dictated to have a some-more endless operation „as a matter of open policy?. In Halsbury’s Laws of England, Volume 8, Third Edition, it is staid in paragraph, 248 during page 143:-

“As a ubiquitous rule, any chairman can enter into a constrictive agreement to relinquish a advantages conferred on him by an Act of Parliament, or, as it is said, can agreement himself out of a Act, unless it can be shown that such an agreement is in a resources of a sold box conflicting to open policy. Statutory conditions may, however, be imposed in such terms that they can't be waived by agreement, and, in certain circumstances, a legislature has privately supposing that any such agreement shall be void.? (emphasis added)

49. Dealing with the Land Acquisition Act, in a box of Pramod Gupta (supra), a Supreme Court has reason that a right to explain seductiveness underneath a pronounced Act, can be waived by a celebration for whose advantage such a right exists.

50. It has so been reason that ordinarily, waiver is contractual in inlet inasmuch as dual parties can enter into a agreement in their private ability and determine that one of them being good wakeful of a rights, will not explain a pronounced right, for a consideration. However, where a Statute prohibits constrictive out, afterwards a parties can't enter into such a agreement as it would be opposite to open policy.

51. It is also compulsory to inspect a deduction of waiver outset out of a allotment agreement arrived during between a parties by a ADR routes contemplated in Section 89 of a CPC. Dealing with a elements of a allotment agreement arrived during between a parties before a Delhi High Court Mediation and Conciliation Centre and a implications, a Division Bench of this Court in a box of Angle Infrastructure (supra) had a arise to inspect a inlet of a ADR process, as spelt out in Section 89 of a CPC and citing a law laid down by a Supreme Court in a box of Afcons Infrastructure (supra), it was reason as below:-

“75. The anxiety in Rule 25 of a Delhi High Court Mediation and Conciliation Rules that, on receipt of any settlement, if a probity is confident with courtesy to a settlement, it ?shall? pass ?a decree? in suitability with terms thereof would conjunction overrule a orthodox charge of a Arbitration & Conciliation Act, 1996 nor a provisions of a Code of Civil Procedure. It can't banish a office of a probity to pass a ensue as well.

76. The Mediation and Conciliation Rules, 2004 get their existence as good as orthodox management from the Code of Civil Procedure and can't consult such concrete rights that a enabling Act does not prescribe. The goal of a rule making management by Rule 25 is to give sanctification to a allotment agreement reached in intervention in suitability with law. Such goal and purpose is achieved if a concrete record are likely of possibly by flitting a ensue in a fit in terms of a allotment or a pierce usually if a concrete law so mandates. It is also achieved by an sequence usurpation and disposing of a pierce in terms of a allotment in record where a concrete law does not visualize flitting a ensue as underneath a Arbitration andConciliation Act, 1996. Such an sequence (passed in terms of a allotment agreement) would be executable underneath Section 36 of a Code of Civil Procedure in a same demeanour as a decree.” (emphasis added)

52. It is impending to note that in Afcons Infrastructure (supra), a Supreme Court has meticulously analyzed a ubiquitous range of Section 89 of a CPC and examined a emanate as to possibly a pronounced sustenance empowers a probity to impute a parties to a suit, to allotment yet a determine of both a parties. On what would be a suitable theatre during that a probity should try possibly a matter should be referred to a ADR process, a Supreme Court reason that in polite suits, a suitable theatre is after execution of pleadings, yet in family disputes or matrimonial cases, a ideal theatre for intervention is immediately after a respondent is served and before a objection/written matter is filed, for a reason that in such cases, a attribute between a parties becomes antagonistic due to several allegations/counter allegations intended opposite any other in a pleadings.

53. Dovetailed with a component of waiver, is a doubt as to possibly an component of open right is endangered in a conditions where one associate enters into an agreement with a other and waives a orthodox right.

54. As early as in a year 1945, when a petitioner/wife filed an focus for regulating upkeep under Section 40 of a Parsi Marriage and Divorce Act, 1936, a Single Judge of a Bombay High Court in Pirojshah Bharucha (supra) was called on to confirm as to possibly a determine agreement arrived during between a parties possibly before or after retraction of a marriage, would be constrictive on a mother and possibly such an agreement could be treated as conflicting to open routine and lastly, possibly a probity will commend such an agreement where it has orthodox powers underneath a aforesaid dramatization to extend and repair maintenance. Quoting extensively from a visualisation of a House of Lords in a box of Hyman vs. Hyman [1929] A.D.601, where it was celebrated that open seductiveness does not concede parties to obtain divorce by mutual determine and that courts can't abandon their avocation and be firm by any estoppels between a parties, on a component that no such analogy of typical movement can be practical to a office of courts in a matters of divorce, a schooled Single Judge reason that a doubt of a wife?s upkeep is a matter of open routine and she can't trade divided such a orthodox right. Therefore, any agreement entered into by a mother giving adult her explain to alimony, was reason to be a blank agreement in a eyes of law, detached from being conflicting to open policy.

55. The gentle aptitude of a establishment of wedlock was also underscored by a Supreme Court in a box of Smruti Pahariya (supra) in a following words:-

“24. Marriage is an establishment of good gentle aptitude with gentle changes, this establishment has also altered correspondingly. However, a establishment of wedlock is thesis to tellurian frailty and error. Marriage is positively not a small “reciprocal possession” of a passionate viscera as was philosophised by Immanuel Kant (The Philosophy of Law, p. 110, W. Hastie interpretation 1887) nor can it be romanticised as a attribute that Tennyson fanciful as “made in Heaven” [Alymer’s Field, in Complete works 191, 193 (1878)]” (emphasis added)

56. In a box of Jyoti (supra), a appellant/wife had challenged a ensue of retraction of wedlock postulated by a Family Court under Section 13B of a Act on a belligerent that her determine had been performed by deception and rascal and had argued that even if she had given her consent, a father and mother had not distant for a smallest duration of one year, that is an essential partial of Section 13B of a Act, due to that retraction could not have been granted. In a above poignant matrix, a Division Bench of a Gujarat High Court had laid most highlight on a fact that wedlock is an establishment that ought to be postulated and a multitude and courts contingency make any bid to build damaged bridges between spouses and reason as below:-

“37. We are of a opinion that such conditions are statutorily supposing before a petition for retraction for divorce on mutual determine can be presented. It was not even open for a parties to relinquish such conditions. It is not even a box of a parties that such conditions were waived in any case. Any other perspective would assent a parties to wedlock to benefaction a petition for retraction of wedlock within days of wedlock propelling the court to accept a determine petition and disintegrate a wedlock merely on a belligerent that a parties have resolved to disintegrate such a marriage. Such a perspective would be opposite to a really elementary truth and component that as distant as possible, a multitude and a courts make all attempts to guarantee that a establishment of wedlock sustains and is not easily broken. It is given of these reasons that constantly supplies are finished in a government providing for a cooling-off duration before which, no petition for retraction of wedlock can be presented, not usually on mutual determine yet on any other drift as well. It is given of this reason that section 23 of a Hindu Marriage Act as good as section 9 of a Family Courts Act make minute supplies enjoining on a courts to make all efforts to pierce about a allotment and allotment between a parties to such divorce petition.” (emphasis added)

57. In a box of Nagendrappa (supra), a doubt that arose for care before a Supreme Court was possibly a concede entered into by a father and mother underneath Order XXIII Rule 3 CPC, similar for a combined volume towards permanent subsistence and thereby giving adult any destiny explain for maintenance, once supposed by a probity in record under Section 125 of a Cr.PC, would obviate a mother from claiming upkeep in a fit filed underneath Section 18 of a Hindu Adoption and Maintenance Act, 1956. Describing Section 125 of a Cr.PC as a square of gentle legislation that provides for outline and rapid service to a wife, who is not in a position to say herself and her children, an sequence underneath a pronounced sustenance was reason to be usually indeterminate in nature, being thesis to a final integrity of all rights in a polite court. Referring to a supplies of Section 25of a Contract Act, that contemplates that any agreement that is opposite to open policy, is unenforceable in a probity of law and such an agreement is blank given a vigilant is unlawful, a Supreme Court announced that any sequence upheld under Section 125 Cr.PC by concede or otherwise, can't foreclose a pill accessible to a mother underneath Section 18(2) of a Hindu Adoption and Maintenance Act, 1956.

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58. Insofar as waiver of a watchful duration prescribed in Section 13B(2) is concerned, in a new visualisation delivered by a Supreme Court in a box of Amardeep Singh (supra), wherein Section 13B(2) has been interpreted to be procedural in nature, a suggestion of a pronounced sustenance has been highlighted and a Court celebrated that in cases where a wedlock has irretrievably damaged down, a watchful duration can be waived by a probity to capacitate parties to rehabilitate themselves and start their lives afresh. It is a underlying vigilant of a pronounced sustenance that has prevailed on a Supreme Court to reason that where a probity is confident that a box for waiver of a orthodox ?cooling period? under Section 13 B(2) of a Act is finished out, it might relinquish a pronounced duration in certain circumstances. The above perspective has been voiced in a following words:-

?16. We have given due care to a emanate involved. Under a normal Hindu Law, as it stood before to a orthodox law on a point, wedlock is a eucharist and can't be dissolved by consent. The Act enabled a probity to disintegrate wedlock on orthodox grounds. By approach of amendment in a year 1976, a visualisation of divorce by mutual determine was introduced. However, Section 13B(2) contains a bar to divorce being postulated before 6 months of time elapsing after filing of a divorce petition by mutual consent. The pronounced duration was laid down to capacitate a parties to have a rethink so that a probity grants divorce by mutual determine usually if there is no probability for reconciliation.

17. The vigilant of a sustenance is to capacitate a parties to disintegrate a wedlock by determine if a wedlock has irretrievably damaged down and to capacitate them to rehabilitate them as per accessible options. The amendment was desirous by a suspicion that influential duration of standing of wedlock between reluctant partners did not offer any purpose. The vigilant of a cooling off a duration was to guarantee opposite a brisk preference if there was differently probability of differences being reconciled. The vigilant was not to continue a futile wedlock or to lengthen a anguish of a parties when there was no probability of reconciliation. Though any bid has to be finished to save a marriage, if there are no chances of reunion and there are chances of uninformed rehabilitation, a Court should not be unable in enabling a parties to have a improved option.

18. In last a doubt possibly sustenance is imperative or directory, denunciation alone is not always decisive. The Court has to have a courtesy to a context, a thesis matter and a vigilant of a provision. This principle, as formulated in Justice G.P. Singh’s ?Principles of Statutory Interpretation? (9th Edn., 2004), has been cited with capitulation in Kailash contra Nanhku and ors.[(2005) 4 SCC 480] as follows:

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19. Applying a above to a benefaction situation, we are of a perspective that where a Court traffic with a matter is confident that a box is finished out to relinquish a orthodox duration under Section 13B(2), it can do so after deliberation a following :

i) a orthodox duration of 6 months specified in Section 13B(2), in serve to a orthodox duration of one year under Section 13B(1) of subdivision of parties is already over before a initial fit itself;

ii) all efforts for mediation/conciliation including efforts in terms of Order XXXIIA Rule 3 CPC/Section 23(2) of a Act/Section 9 of a Family Courts Act to reunite a parties have unsuccessful and there is no odds of success in that instruction by any offer efforts;

iii) a parties have honestly staid their differences including alimony, control of child or any other indeterminate issues between a parties;

iv) a watchful duration will usually lengthen their agony.

The waiver focus can be filed one week after a initial fit giving reasons for a ask for waiver. If a above conditions are satisfied, a waiver of a watchful duration for a second fit will be in a choice of a endangered Court.

20. Since we are of a perspective that a duration mentioned in Section 13B(2) is not imperative yet directory, it will be open to a Court to use a choice in a contribution and resources of any box where there is no probability of parties resuming cohabitation and there are chances of choice rehabilitation.? (emphasis added)

59. In a light of a above decision, wherein a watchful duration prescribed in Section 13B(2) of a Act has been announced to be office in inlet and not mandatory, a parties have a choice of jointly coming a probity for waiving a pronounced watchful period, that ask can be warn and authorised by a probity usually if it satisfies a parameters laid down in a pronounced decision.

REFERENCE ANSWERED

60. On a epitome of a box law discussed above, a 4 questions of law framed by a schooled Single Judge are answered thus:-

Question (A) Whether a party, that has underneath a allotment agreement dictated by a Court undertaken to record a petition under Section 13B(1) or a fit under Section 13B(2) of a Act, 1955 or both and has also undertaken to seem before a pronounced Court for receiving divorce can be reason probable for contempt, if a pronounced celebration fails to record or seem in a petition or fit or both to obtain divorce in perspective of a choice to reconsider/renege a preference of holding divorce by mutual determine under Section 13B(2) of a Act?

Answer: (a) The answer to Question (A) is yes. The specifying underline of Section 13B of a Act, 1955 is that it recognizes a utter and unobstructed right of a celebration to unilaterally repel a determine or reconsider/renege from a preference to ask for divorce by mutual consent, notwithstanding any try given in any authorised pierce or accessible in any settlement/joint statement, in or outward a court, ensuing in a determine order/decree, to concur with a other associate to record a petition under Section 13B(1) or a second fit under Section 13B(2) of a Act, or both. Withdrawal of a determine even during a theatre of a enquiry, as contemplated under Section 13B(2), is also in use of a right accessible to a celebration underneath a really same provision. In other words, a mutuality of a determine to divorce should embark from a theatre of filing a First fit under Section 13B(1) and it should continue during a time of relocating a Second fit under Section 13B(2)of a Act, compartment such time that a probity completes a enquiry and a ensue of divorce is finally passed. The pronounced component of mutual determine is a sine qua non for flitting a ensue of divorce. This being a authorised position, a delinquent celebration can't be compelled to record or seem in a petition or fit or both, to obtain divorce by mutual consent.

(b) Any other perspective will not usually strike on a office of a probity that has an requirement underneath a Statute to embark an eccentric enquiry before flitting a ensue of divorce by mutual consent, it will also encroach on a orthodox right vested in a celebration under Section 13B(2) of a Act and go opposite a really suggestion of a provision, during a heart of that lies a right of a celebration to reflect/revisit and redress from a preference of going forward for extend of divorce by mutual consent, during a cooling off period.

(c) At a same time, a delinquent celebration can be reason probable for polite negligence on a belligerent of breaching a terms and conditions incorporated in an try given to a probity or finished a partial of a determine order/decree. In a eventuality a depressed celebration approaches a probity for outset of negligence record opposite a delinquent celebration for willful/deliberate crack of any of a terms and conditions of an undertaking/settlement agreement/consent sequence or a ensue and takes a defence that as a outcome thereof, he/she has been placed in a difficult position or has suffered an irreversible/grave prejudice, a probity in use of a fundamental powers of contempt, supplemented by a 1971 Act has a claim office to perform a petition and ensue replacement of standing quo ante in any probable way. Besides directing a delinquent celebration to vomit all a benefits/advantages/privileges that have/would have enured in a foster and restoring a parties to a position that was before they had arrived during such a settlement/agreement/undertaking and/or before a determine order/decree was upheld in terms of a allotment arrived at/undertakings recorded, a probity has a choice to retaliate a delinquent celebration for polite contempt, depending on a contribution of a given case. Thus, negligence office operates in a opposite margin and is uninfluenced by a fetters imposed on a probity underneath a Act of 1955. The usually supplement to a above is that no instruction can be released even in negligence record to make a delinquent celebration to give its determine for a ensue of divorce by mutual consent, as it is opposite to a object, routine and vigilant of Section 13B of a Hindu Marriage Act.

61. Question (B) Whether by try before a Court to record a second fit under Section 13B(2)of a Act, 1955 at Section 13B(1) stage or by giving an try to a Court to that outcome in a detached probity proceeding, a celebration waives a right to rethink/renege underneath 13B(2) of a Act, 1955? If yes, possibly such right can be waived by a celebration under Section 13B(2) of a Act, 1955?

Answer:(a) The answer to a initial prong of Question (B) is no. Notwithstanding any try given by a celebration before a probity to record a Second fit under Section 13B(2) or during the Section 13B(1) stage or in any detached probity proceedings, a right to rethink/renege under Section 13B(2) of a Act, can't be waived for a reason that such a waiver is restricted by a Statute that keeps a window open for a parties to repel their determine during any theatre compartment a ensue of divorce is finally granted. The component of mutual determine stays a theme of a pronounced sustenance and a existence is a distinct and repeated thesis that like diverge and weft, weaves a approach by a whole routine set into fit during the Section 13B(1) stage, followed by the Section 13B(2) stage, compartment a really finish when a ensue of divorce is granted. The right of withdrawal of determine in a above record can be exercised during any theatre and use of such a choice can't be treated as being opposite to open policy. Any other interpretation given to a aforesaid sustenance would annul a underlying aim, vigilant and vigilant of a pronounced provision. Once a celebration decides to have a second suspicion and on reflection, backs off, a endangered probity can't make the defaulting celebration to give a determine on a basement of an progressing settlement/undertaking.

(b) In perspective of a answer given to a initial prong of Question (B), a second prong of a pronounced doubt needs no answer.

62. Question (D) Whether a visualisation in Avneesh Sood (supra) and Shikha Bhatia (supra) are good law in perspective of a doubts voiced by this Court in paras 19 to 28 and in perspective of a Division Bench visualisation in Dinesh Gulati (supra).? Answer: (a) The scold position in law has been voiced by a Division Bench in a box of Dinesh Gulati (supra), where it was reason that once a parties do not wish to ensue with a agreement for a mutual determine divorce, afterwards a usually suitable march would be to revive a standing quo ante by reviving a divorce petition indeterminate between a parties. The usually conflicting note that a aforesaid visualisation appears to strike is a material sequence of quashing a suo moto record instituted by a schooled Family Court opposite a delinquent celebration therein, namely, a husband. Having delicately perused a brief dual pages sequence where one of us (Deepa Sharma, J.) was a member of a Division Bench, it is transparent that a pronounced sequence was upheld in a inconclusive contribution of a case. There is no contention on a authorised beliefs ruling negligence proceedings, in resources where an depressed associate approaches a probity alleging crack of a undertaking/settlement agreement/consent order/decree by a delinquent spouse. Nor is there an research of a authorised precedents on a pronounced subject. Therefore, it can't be pronounced that a pronounced sequence would have a precedential value or has laid down a law on a aspect of a powers of the probity to trigger negligence record for defilement of a terms of a determine order/decree/undertaking. It is a staid law that a box is an management usually for what it decides and not for what might incidentally follow therefrom [Refer: Ambica Quarry Works and Anr. vs. State of Gujarat and Ors., (1987) 1 SCC 213; Bhavnagar University vs. Palitana Sugar Mill (P) Ltd. and Ors., (2003) 2 SCC 111; Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd. and Anr. vs. N.R.Vairamani and Anr., AIR 2004 SC 778 and U.P. State Electricity Board vs. Pooran Chandra Pandey and Ors., (2007) 11 SCC 92].

(b) In a box of Shikha Bhatia (supra), where an gentle allotment between a father and mother was accessible and an sequence was upheld by a Delhi High Court on an anticipatory bail focus filed by a father and his relatives and after on, a father had willfully overlooked a undertakings given by him in a agreement, constrained a mother to record a negligence petition, a schooled Single Judge arrived during a finish that a father had willfully and deliberately overlooked a allotment accessible in probity and on a strength of a pronounced settlement, had probably stolen an sequence of bail from a court. It was therefore reason that a father had interfered in a authorised routine and was guilty of negligence of court.

(c) In a box of Avneesh Sood (supra), a schooled Single Judge was of a perspective that once a mother had given her determine to record a corner petition for extend of divorce by mutual determine and after channel a initial theatre under Section 13B(1), given an try to a probity in terms of a allotment accessible in a MOU executed by a parties that she will pierce a Second fit petition, she could not have reneged from a pronounced try supposed by a probity as it would criticise a sovereignty and management of the court and volume to an abuse of a routine of a court. In a final para of a pronounced judgment, while holding a mother guilty of negligence of probity for carrying breached a try given by her to a Family Court in a First fit petition altered under Section 13B(1) of a Act, notice to uncover means was released to her as to given she should not be punished for negligence of court, essentially on a belligerent that she had successive advantages and advantages from a allotment executed with her husband.

(d) That a probity was aware of a fact that underneath a Statute, a mother could not have been compelled to give her determine for relocating a Second fit petition, as she had a right to secrete such a consent, can be gleaned from a following observations:-

?39. The emanate that arises for my care is possibly a control of a respondent in resiling from her try given to a Court, by that she was bound, tantamounts to negligence of Court. ?Civil Contempt? is tangible to meant bullheaded insubordination of any judgment, decree, direction, order, management or other routine of a Court or wilfull crack of an try given to a Court. The respondent has sought to upset a emanate by reporting that she has a right not to give her determine to ensue offer under Section 13-B(2) of a Hindu Marriage Act after a ?cooling off? duration of 6 months has expired. No doubt, a respondent can't be compelled to give her determine for relocating a second fit petition under Section 13-B(2), and she has a right to secrete such consent. …..?

(e) In both a captioned cases, a schooled Single Judges have in use of a powers vested in them under Sections 10 and 12 of a Contempt of Courts Act, 1971 announced a respondents therein as guilty of negligence of probity for carrying breached a undertakings given by them to a court. For holding so, notice was taken of their control of violating/breaching a terms of allotment and their undertakings given to a probity and during a same time, seeking to benefit advantages/benefits underneath a really same agreement.

(f) In a deferential submission, a schooled Single Judges have rightly expounded a law on a fundamental powers of a probity to trigger negligence record opposite a respondents therein for negligence of probity in a given contribution and resources of those cases. Therefore, there is no dispute in a views voiced by a Division Bench in a box of Dinesh Gulati (supra) vis-à-vis a views voiced by a Single Judges in a cases of Avneesh Sood (supra) and Shikha Bhatia (supra).

63. Question (C) Whether any discipline are compulsory to be followed by a Court while recording a undertaking/agreement of a parties with honour to a petition under Section 13B(1) or a fit under Section 13B(2) of a Act, 1955 or both for receiving divorce?

Answer: The ubiquitous discipline suggested to be followed by a Court while recording undertaking/agreement of a parties are as below:- (1) If a parties amicably settle their inter se disputes and differences, and arrive during a settlement, possibly of their possess accord, or with a assist and assistance of a probity or on sportive a ADR processes (mediation/conciliation/Lok Adalat), or otherwise, a allotment agreement that might be drawn up, contingency incorporate a following:-

i) Record in clear, specific and evident language, a terms/stipulations resolved on between a parties;

ii) Record in clear, specific, elementary and evident language, a mode, manner, resource and/or process for a doing or compliances of a terms/stipulations resolved on between a parties;

iii) Record an try of a parties that they will reside by and be firm by a resolved terms /stipulations of a allotment agreement;

iv) Stipulate a excellent or chastisement as might be resolved upon, in a eventuality of a default of a resolved terms/stipulations of a allotment agreement by possibly side;

v) Provide for a consequences of a crack of a terms/stipulations of a allotment agreement;

vi) Record a stipulation of both a parties in undeniable and evident terms that they have resolved on any and any tenure accessible in a allotment agreement, after delicately reading over and entirely bargain and appreciating a contents, range and outcome thereof, as also a consequences of a crack thereof, including remuneration of a fine/penalty, if so agreed;

vii) The allotment agreement contingency state that a terms have been staid between a parties of their possess giveaway will, defilement and determine and yet there being any undue pressure, coercion, influence, falsification or mistake (both of law and fact), in any form whatsoever. It should also be staid that a allotment agreement has rightly accessible a pronounced resolved terms.

(2) The allotment agreement might embody a term/stipulation that a parties have resolved that they would disintegrate their wedlock by mutual consent, that indispensably has to be in suitability with a law, as supposing under Section 13B of a Hindu Marriage Act.

(3) The allotment agreement might embody other terms/stipulations staid between a parties including remuneration of money, send of moveable/immovable properties as for example, jewellery/stridhan, upkeep amounts, subsistence etc. or skeleton for a control of a children/visitation rights of children. The pronounced terms contingency be scrutinized by a probity to infer itself that they are in suitability with a suggestion of law and are enforceable and executable. (4) On a pronounced allotment agreement being presented, along with a news (in a eventuality a allotment is arrived during by intervention or conciliation or Lok Adalat) to a probity where a record between a parties are underling judice, a pronounced probity should ask a procession and beliefs to be followed by a polite probity underneath and/or equivalent to a supplies of Order XXIII Rule 3 of a Code of Civil Procedure.

(5) To equivocate any ambiguity or disagreement on a partial of possibly of a parties, during a after stage, a transparent and evident try to a probity contingency be recorded.

(6) The statements of a parties might be accessible by a probity after putting them on promise in a following manner:-

a) a parties should attest a terms of a settlement;

b) a fact that they have executed a allotment agreement after entirely bargain a terms, consents, outcome and consequences thereof;

c) that a same has been arrived during of their possess giveaway will and volition;

d) that they would be probable for penal consequences in box of breach. (7) In a alternative, a probity might ensue a parties to record their particular affidavits affirming a terms and conditions of a settlement. If warn necessary, a probity might ask a parties to formally infer not usually a pronounced affidavits, yet also a allotment agreement executed by them.

(8) The Court contingency ask a authorised mind to infer itself that a allotment arrived during between a parties is not usually bonafide, estimable and intentional in nature, yet is enforceable in law and is not opposite to open policy. The probity contingency also infer itself that there is no snag of any inlet in usurpation a pronounced allotment and a undertakings of a parties and constrictive them down thereto. (9) After perusing a allotment agreement, recording a statements of a parties and/or examining a affidavits filed by them, as a box might be, a Court contingency privately accept a statements of a parties and/or a undertakings given by them as also a terms/stipulations of a allotment agreement and ensue that they shall sojourn firm by a same.

(10) Depending on a office of a Court, suitable orders/decree be passed. The pronounced order/decree, as a box might be, should clearly spell out a consequences of breach, defilement of any of a terms of a allotment agreement. In a eventuality any fine/penalty has been resolved to be paid underneath a terms of a allotment agreement or in box of crack of a same, a sequence shall state that a pronounced volume will be recovered from a delinquent party. The parties contingency be sensitive that they will be probable to be punished for negligence of probity in a eventuality of any breach/violation/willful/deliberate insubordination of a terms of a allotment agreement.

(11) A decree/order shall be upheld by a Court in honour of a thesis matter of a suit/proceedings. For those matters/disputes that are not a thesis matter of a suit/proceedings, where a allotment has been reached before a non-adjudicatory ADR fora, a Court shall ensue that a allotment agreement shall be governed by Section 74 of a Arbitration and Conciliation Act (in box of a allotment by conciliation) and/or Section 21 of The Legal Services Authorities Act, 1987. (in honour of a allotment by a Mediator or a Lok Adalat) [Refer: Afcons Infrastructure Ltd. (supra)] (12) If a obligations underneath a allotment agreement/undertaking/consent order/decree are breached by one party, then, during a instance of a depressed party, suitable orders shall be upheld in suitability with law.

(13) For crack of a try given to a endangered probity or willful/deliberate defilement of a determine order/decree, if so approached or otherwise, a probity would take suitable movement as slight in law to make correspondence by a delinquent celebration by sportive negligence office as contemplated under Section 2(b) of a Contempt of Court Act, 1971. This will however bar any coercive orders constrained a delinquent celebration to give a determine for extend of a ensue of divorce by mutual consent, notwithstanding any settlement/undertaking given by a parties before any fora.

64. The benefaction Reference is answered in a above terms.

65. Before interruption with this case, we would like to place on record a low appreciation for a estimable assistance rendered by a schooled Amicus Curiae, Mr. Brij Bhushan Gupta, Senior Advocate. We also demonstrate a appreciation for a efforts finished by Mr. Sunil Mittal, Senior Advocate, Mr.Ashish Virmani, Mr. Prashant Mendiratta, Ms. Chandrani Prasad and Mr.Rajat Aneja, Advocates who had seemed in a matter.

66. Files of a negligence petitions in that a Reference was made, shall be placed before a register Bench, for offer record in suitability with law on a dates specified in detached orders upheld in any case.

67. A duplicate of this sequence shall be forwarded by a Registry forthwith to a Principal Judge (Headquarters), Family Courts, Dwarka, Delhi for dissemination to all a Family Courts in Delhi.

(HIMA KOHLI) JUDGE (DEEPA SHARMA) JUDGE MAY 15, 2018

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