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IN THE HIGH COURT OF PUNJAB AND HARYANA
T.A. No. 25 of 2018
DATE OF DECISION :- March 15, 2019
Dr. Sukhwinder Singh …Respondent
CORAM: HON’BLE MR. JUSTICE H.S. MADAAN
Present:- Applicant with counsel Mr. APS Sandhu, Advocate.
Respondent with counsel Mr. D.D. Sharma, Advocate.
The applicant states that she needs more time to think over the
matter. However, the case cannot be adjourned time and again for such like
reasons. Let the case proceed further on merits.
Applicant Shalini, aged about 33 years, wife of Dr. Sukhwinder
Singh-respondent, presently residing with her parents at Amritsar on
account of matrimonial discord between the spouses by way of filing the
instant application seeks transfer of divorce petition filed by her husband
Dr. Sukhwinder Singh against her having title ‘Sukhwinder Singh Vs.
Shalini’ pending in the Court of District Judge, Chandigarh to the Court of
competent jurisdiction at Amritsar.
According to the applicant, the marriage performed between the
parties on 22.4.2015 ran into rough weather though the couple was blessed
with a son namely Master Gursirat Singh stated to be aged about 2½ years
presently. The applicant along with minor son of the parties had to leave the
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matrimonial home and start residing with her parents at Amritsar. She has
filed a petition under Section 12 of Protection of Women from Domestic
Violence Act, 2005 and a criminal complaint under Section 406/498A/120-
B IPC against the respondent in the Courts at Amritsar. As a pressure tactic
the respondent has filed a divorce petition against him in the Court at
Chandigarh. The applicant being a young woman, taking care of minor son
of the parties, it is difficult for her to travel from Amritsar to Chandigarh
covering a distance of about 250 Kms on one side so as to attend the dates
of hearing there, as such the application be accepted.
Notice of the application was given to the respondent, who put
in appearance through his counsel and is vehemently opposing the
application contending that the respondent is in government service and
presently posted at Faridkot which facts have been concealed by her in the
application, therefore, the application be dismissed.
Learned counsel for the applicant has contended that the
applicant is staying at Faridkot temporarily since she has submitted a
written request to her department to transfer her to Amritsar so as to enable
her to reside with her parents and she has also applied for her posting at
I have heard learned counsel for the parties besides going
through the record.
The Apex Court in various judgments has observed that in
matrimonial disputes between the spouses convenience of wife should be
looked into. In that regard a reference can be made to authority Sumita
Singh Versus Kumar Sanjay and another, 2002 AIR(SC) 396 by a
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Division Bench of Hon’ble Supreme Court.
In Bhartiben Ravibhai Rav Versus Ravibhai Govindbhai Rav,
2017(3) RCR(Civil) 369, the Apex Court had allowed application for
transfer of the divorce petition to a place where the wife was residing
considering various factors including the distance between the place where
the wife was residing and the place of sitting of the Court where divorce
petition had been instituted and the fact that the wife had filed two cases
against her husband in the Court at the place of her residence wherein the
respondent had already put in appearance.
In Apurva Versus Navtej Singh, 2017(2) Law Herald 966 by a
Co-ordinate Bench of this Court, it was observed that wherever the Courts
are called upon to consider the plea of transfer in matrimonial disputes, the
Courts have to take into consideration various factors like economic
soundness of either of the parties, the social strata of the spouses to which
they belong and behavioural pattern, standard of life antecedents of
marriage. Generally it is the wife’s convenience, which must be looked at by
the Courts while deciding the transfer application.
Keeping in view the contentions in the application and
submissions made by learned counsel for the applicant, in which I find
merit, in absence of any strong circumstance to the contrary, it would be
proper and appropriate if the application is accepted. The same is
accordingly allowed. The petition in question is ordered to be withdrawn
from the Court of District Judge, Chandigarh and transferred to Family
Court at Amritsar for disposal in accordance with law.
The parties through their counsel are directed to appear in the
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transferee Court on 26.4.2019. Copies of orders be sent to the Court of
District Judge, Chandigarh as well as to the Family Court at Amritsar for
information and necessary compliance.
March 15, 2019
Whether speaking/reasoned Yes/No
Whether Reportable Yes/Nos
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