Sridhar, in his petition filed through counsel K K Mani, contended that the Indian courts have no jurisdiction to entertain the divorce suit filed by the actress as their marriage was performed in the United States under the Foreign Marriage Act, 1969.
The petitioner, who is a software engineer, moved the apex court after the matrimonial court and the Madras High Court dismissed his petition challenging the maintainability of the divorce suit filed by Sukanya. The couple got married in the US on March 17, 2002. The marriage was performed in the Balaji Temple at New Jersey, the petition claimed. After their relationship soured, Sukanya had filed a divorce suit on March 3, 2004.
According to the petition, Sridhar is an American citizen, the marriage was performed in the US and registered with the marriage officer under the Foreign Marriage Act and hence it will only apply in the US.