Home > CrPC 125 > Bombay HC:- Service of Notice of Maintenance Case should be served to the Respondent (Husband) personally or to the Family of the Respondent and not to the advocate appearing on behalf of Respondent in other matters.

Bombay HC:- Service of Notice of Maintenance Case should be served to the Respondent (Husband) personally or to the Family of the Respondent and not to the advocate appearing on behalf of Respondent in other matters.

Bombay High Court



Atul S/o. Bhaskarrao Thakre (Deshmukh),
aged about 34 years, R/o. C/o.
Bhaskarrao Sheshrao Thakre, Near Samaj
Mandir Khedkar Nagar, Akola, Dist. Akola. …. APPLICANT.

1. Sau. Anuja W/o. Atul Thakre,
(Deshmukh), Aged 31 years,
Occu. Housewife, R/o. S.B.I. Colony,
No.4, Gajanan Peth, Akola, Tq. and
Distt. Akola.
2. The State of Maharashtra, through
P.S.O. Akola.                      …. RESPONDENTS.
Mr. A.V.Bhide, Advocate for Applicant.
Mr. U.J.Deshpande, Advocate for Respondent No.1.
Mr. V.A.Thakre, Additional Public Prosecutor for Respondent No.2.
DATED   : MARCH 01, 2013.
1. Heard.
3. Heard finally by consent.
4. The applicant is aggrieved by the order passed by learned Family Court   in   Petition   No.E­11/2011   directing   the   applicant   to   pay   a   sum   of Rs.8,300/ per month to respondent No.1 by way of maintenance.  Respondent No.1 is wife of the applicant.  Respondent No.1 has filed an application for grant of maintenance under Section 125 of the Code of Criminal Procedure before  the  Family Court.    The  said  application was  finally  decided  by  the impugned order.
5. During   the   course   of   hearing   it   was   pointed   out   by   learned counsel Mr. Bhide  that  the application  filed by non­applicant under Section 125 of the Code of Criminal Procedure was not served upon the applicant in
accordance with law.  He has brought to my notice contents of the impugned judgment at paragraph No.10 which can be reproduced as under :
“10.   The   non   applicant   had   filed   the   petition   for   divorce  which was pending in this Court.  His advocate received the service  of  the  notice  of   the  present   proceeding.     The  non­ applicant did not remain present nor filed his say inspite of various  opportunities  given  to  him  hence  by  an  order  dtd 16.6.2011 the applicant was directed to proceed without say.”
6. It   is,   thus,   clear   that   there   was   no   service   of   maintenance  application on the applicant personally or on any of his family members.  The application  was served through the Advocate who was appearing on behalf of the applicant in separate proceedings under the Hindu Marriage Act, 1955.
7. In my considered view, the service effected by the Family Court was not ‘good service’ in law.  For this reason the order passed by the Family Court cannot be sustained.  The applicant will have to be given opportunity of being heard and the application will have to be decided afresh.

i. The application is allowed.
ii. The   order   passed   by   Family   Court   in   Petition   No.E­11/2011 directing  the  applicant  to  pay  a  sum  of Rs.8,300/­  by way of maintenance   to   respondent   No.1   and   all   other   consequential orders are set aside.
iii. The application filed by respondent No.1 shall be heard afresh.
iv. The applicant and respondent No.1 both shall appear before the Family Court on 18th March, 2013 at 11.00 a.m.
v. It is made clear that now Family Court is not under obligation to effect fresh service on the applicant.
The application stands disposed of accordingly.



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