IN THE HIGH COURT OF PUNJAB AND HARYANA AT
FAO No. 3071 of 2018
Date of Decision: 19.03.2019
ANJU AND ANOTHER …Respondents
CORAM: HON’BLE MR. JUSTICE RAKESH KUMAR JAIN.
HON’BLE MR. JUSTICE HARNARESH SINGH GILL
Present: Mr. Manoj Kaushik, Advocate,
for the appellant.
RAKESH KUMAR JAIN, J.
This appeal has arisen from the judgement and decree dated
16.01.2018 passed by the District Judge, Family Court-1, Faridabad by which
a suit filed by the respondents for seeking maintenance under Section 19 of
the Hindu Adoptions and SectionMaintenance Act, 1956 (for short ‘the Act’) against
the appellant/father-in-law was allowed.
In brief, respondent No. 1 is the widow of Narender Son of the
appellant and respondent No. 2 is the granddaughter of the appellant.
Husband of respondent No. 1 had committed suicide. She had filed a suit
against her father-in-law for seeking maintenance in terms of Section 19 of
the Act, alleging therein that he is recorded as owner in possession to the
extent of 1/21 share in the following properties:-
i) Agricultural land bearing Khewat/khata No. 122/133, Rect. No.
64 Killa No. 22/2(0-6), 23/2(1-19), Rect. No. 66, Killa No.
10/2(1-15), 11(0-15), Rect. No. 67, Killa No. 2(8-0), 3/1(2-8),
3/2(4-5), 4(8-0), 5(8-0), 6(8-0), 7(7-17), 8/1(0-18), 12(8-0),
13(8-0), 14/1(1-8), 15(7-12), 16(5-3), 17/1(1-15), 25/2(1-6),
Khewat No. 47/48, Rect/ Mp/ 25, Killa No. 2/10 (0-3), 67//7(7-
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17), 67//7/24(0-3) total measuring 103 Kanals 15 Marlas. Out of
the said land, land measuring 01 Kanal 01 marla has been sold.
Defendant is owner in possession of land measuring 102 kanals
8 marlas situated at Village Saran Tehsil and District Faridabad.
ii) Agricultural land bearing khewat No. 968, Khatoni No. 1566,
Rect. No. 24, killa No. 11(8-0), 12(7-13), 13/2(4-0), 19(8-0),
20(7-13) situated at Village Gaunchi, Tehsil Ballabgarh, District
iii) Out of the sale proceeds of ancestral land of village Saran, the
defendant has purchased the land of village Ladpur bearing
Khewat No. 113/114, Khatoni No. 151, Rect. No. 27, Killa No.
6(7-7), 7(8-0), 8/1(4-0), 8/2(4-0) measuring 23 Kanals 7 Marlas
and Khatoni No. 152, Rect. No. 27, Killa No. 5/2(1-0), 9/1(4-
13), 12/3(4-7), 13(8-0), 14(8-0). 15/1(2-0) measuring 28 kanals
total area measuring 51 kanals.
iv) Out of the sale proceeds of ancestral land of village Saran, the
defendant has purchased the land of Village Chhainsa bearing
Khewat No. 42/43, Khatoni No. 46, Killa No. 17(8-0), 18(1-13),
22/1/2/2(0-15) 23(7-14), 24/1(0-5) measuring 22 Kanals 7
marlas, khewat No. 87/83, Khatoni No. 96, Rect. No. 13/2(1-9),
14/2(0-19), 15/2(6-15) measuring 15 Kanals 3 Marlas, Khewat
No. 118/119, khatoni No. 129, Rect. No. 60, Killa No. 16(8-0),
25(6-8), Rect. No. 10, Killa No. 20(1-9), measuring 17 kanals 17
marlas, Khewat No. 152, Khatoni No. 171, Rect. No. 9, Killa
No. 24/2(2-15) situated within the revenue estate of village
Jafarpur Majra Chhainsa, Tehsil and District Faridabad.
URBAN ANCESTRAL PROPERTIES.
i) One shop in Machhli Market, Sector 22, Housing Board Colony,
ii) House No. 428, Section 23, Sanjay Colony, Faridabad.
iii) House No. 645, Sector 22, Sanjay Colony, Faridabad.
iv) 8 Shops and six rooms constructed in 200 Sq. yards area in
Gokul Vatika, Faridabad.
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v) House constructed on 800 Sq. yards of land situated in Village
Saran, Tehsil and District Faridabad owned and possessed by
Jaipal Singh, Sher Singh, Bhagat Singh and Shiv Singh
Brothers of Jaipal.
She had also alleged that the appellant, being the Karta of the
joint family, is getting `1,50,000/- per month from the ancestral properties. It
was also alleged that the appellant is liable to maintain both the respondents
out of the aforesaid income and an amount of `30,000/- per month was
claimed for respondent No. 1 for house hold expenses and `10,000/- was
claimed for respondent No. 2 for her education etc. The suit was contested by
the appellant alleging that respondent No. 1 was the cause of death of his son
who had committed suicide. He had further alleged that she is well educated
and taking coaching/tuition classes, earning at least `30,000/- per month
which is sufficient for her maintenance. He has further alleged that he is not
the sole owner of the properties mentioned by the respondents and had only a
share in it and denied his earning to the extent of `1,50,000/- per month as
rental income as alleged. On the respective pleadings, as many as four issues
were framed by the learned trial Court. Both the parties lead their oral as well
as documentary evidence.
Learned counsel for the appellant had argued before the learned
trial Court that an FIR was registered against respondent No. 1 as abettor of
the alleged suicide of her husband but she has been acquitted in the said case
vide order dated 01.08.2017 passed by the learned Additional Sessions Judge,
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Learned trial Court, after taking into consideration various
factors, awarded `3,000/- per month to respondent No. 1 and `2,000/- to
respondent No. 2 against which the present appeal has been filed.
We have learned counsel for the appellant who has although
made earnest efforts to convince this Court to take a different view from the
view taken by the learned trial Court for the purpose of interference in the
impugned order on the ground that respondent No. 2 is not entitled but he
was candid enough to admit that respondent No. 2 in any way would fall
within the definition of the dependent and thus, has rightly been awarded
`2,000/- which is hardly an amount for the purpose of maintenance specially
when the appellant has a share in the huge chunk of land and has got
commercial properties as well.
In view of the above, we do not find any merit in the present
appeal and the same is hereby dismissed, though without any order as to
[ RAKESH KUMAR JAIN]
March 19, 2019 [HARNARESH SINGH GILL]
Ess Kay JUDGE
Whether speaking / reasoned : Yes / No
Whether Reportable : Yes / No
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