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Divorce Petition can be Amended later stage



Balakrishnan S. Periyaswamy ..  Petitioner
Kalaiarasi B. Periyaswamy ..  Respondent

Mr. A. M. Vernekar for the Petitioner.
Mr. Harish D. Joshi for the Respondent.

DATE     : JUNE 26, 2012.
P.C.: Rule.  Rule is made returnable forthwith.

2. The Petitioner­husband  filed an Application  for amendment of his Petition of divorce in the Family Court No.2, Bandra Mumbai.  The Court by its order dated 29th  February, 2012 rejected the Application. The order sets out the events showing the cruelty of the husband and his   family   members.     The   order   shows   that   those   were   events subsequent to the filing of the Petition.  The order also shows that they are malafide.

3. It   is   contended   on   behalf   of   the   Respondent­wife   that   the Petitioner has not made out any case for cruelty in the Petition. If that is so, the subsequent events would not make out any case of cruelty as on  the date of  the Petition.   The events  subsequent  to  the Petition would remains events of such dates.

4. The Respondent has refuted those incidents.  If those incidents form part of the pleadings that require to be refuted and the denial would be seen by the Court.

5. It may  be  mentioned  that  the   cruelty, if   any,  alleged in   the Petition would have to be proved as on the date of the Petition.  The other incidents which are of later dates would be seen by the Judge hearing the Petition on merits as of those later dates.  It would be for the  Judge  at  the  time  of  hearing  to  conclude whether  or not  that amounted to cruelty and that would be only after taking into account the defence, if any, of the Respondent on merits.

6. Amendments cannot be refused on the ground that subsequent events are denied. Hence,  the order deserves  to be interfered with. The order dated 29th  February, 2012 is set aside.   The amendments sought by the Petitioner ­husband are allowed.  The Petitioner­husband shall amend the Petition in the Family Court, within two weeks from today.  He shall also amend the copy of the Petition served upon the Respondent ­wife  within  two  weeks  from  today.    The  Petition  shall proceed on merits.

7. Rule is made absolute to the above extent.


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