Shinde's daughter favours divorce

A bench comprising Justices G S Singhvi and A K Ganguly suggested Smriti Shinde and her husband Sanjay Pahadia to go for reconciliation as the latter favoured living with her.
Justice Singhvi spoke with the couple in his chamber suggesting an amicable settlement of the dispute. However, advocates for the couple told the media after the in-camera hearing that they could not arrive at a settlement and “there is no chance of reconciliation.”
Senior advocate Chander Uday Singh, appearing for Pahadia, had submitted that the couple had been speaking to each other but he was not certain if there are any positive development.

Smriti, in her petition, has challenged the provisions of the Hindu Marriage Act which requires subsistence of mutual consent throughout the divorce proceedings.

“The law cannot compel a woman, who is emotionally and mentally unable to cope with a marriage, to remain bound in a wedlock to her spouse even when it is established that the marriage is dead,” she had said in her plea. Pahadia has been living in New York and had a meeting with Shinde in the last few weeks.

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