MNC executive asked to pay Rs 15,000 a month to estranged wife

Additional Sessions Judge Rajneesh Kumar Gupta ordered Rajiv Sharda, working as general manager of a Japanese firm to pay alimony to his wife Pamella Sharda, endorsing a lower court order.

"Keeping in view all the facts and circumstances of the case, the interim maintenance of Rs 15,000 a month to the wife cannot be said to be unreasonable or excessive," ASJ Gupta said, dismissing Vikas Puri resident Rajiv's appeal against the trial court's order.

Rajiv and Pamella had got married on January 18, 1981 and lived happily for next 16 years till April 2007, when Pamella said Rajiv and his mother began harassing her, forcing her to leave them.

Pamella moved a magisterial court under Section 125 of Criminal Procedure Code for maintenance, saying he had sufficient means as he was working as a top executive of a Japanese company, having a salary of over Rs one lakh.

Rajiv, however, denied he got that much of salary. But the magisterial court, on the basis of his firm's certificate showing his salary as Rs 60,000 in 2008 asked him to pay Rs 15,000 as maintenance.

Rajiv approached the sessions court challenging the magistrate's order, saying it was Pamella who always tried to hurl allegations against him and he was not earning Rs 1 lakh.

"The revision petition is without any merits," the court said while dismissing Rajiv's plea, adding, there was no infirmity in the magistrate's order passed on June 25, 2010.

Rajiv also said that Pamella was working with Dass Studio in Connaught Place here, having a salary of over Rs 20,000 a month, besides giving tuitions to students, but he failed to prove that she was working.

The court said that there was nothing on record to show that Pamella has sufficient means to maintain herself.

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