Supreme Court refuses to interfere in NRI's divorce case

The Supreme Court has refused to intervene in the Bombay high court's judgment that had rejected the plea of a US NRI husband that said the Pune family court cannot hear a divorce petition filed by his wife who is also a US citizen, thereby upholding the decision that the provisions of the Hindu Marriage Act allows a woman to file a case before the court where she resides. The case related to the husband, a financial analyst who became a naturalised US citizen in 1994, and the wife, a web designer and native of Pune who also acquired US citizenship five years after the couple's marriage in Mumbai based on Hindu Vedic rites. She returned to India in 2012 with her son and filed a petition in the Pune family court seeking a divorce on the grounds of cruelty. The Bench rejected the New Jersey based husband's argument that the Hindu Marriage Act was not applicable to him as he is not an Indian citizen, and resides in the US. He had also furnished a US court's order directing his wife to return with the son to the US. The court is now expected to resume the hearing of the divorce petition made by the wife who asked for a grant of maintenance in terms of money, shelter and education for the estranged couple's son who was admitted to a school in Pune.