GOPAL DIVEDI Vs. PRABHA DIVEDI
SUPREME COURT OF INDIA
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K.T. Thomas, J. -
(2.)IT appears that the appellant secured an ex parte decree divorcing his first wife on 6.7.1990, though the wife says that she never had notice of the said decree or the proceedings commenced by her husband. What the appellant did was to undergo a marriage with another lady on 25.5.1993 presumably on the strength of the ex parte decree secured by him. But his good days with the newly married wife did not last long as the first wife succeeded in getting the ex parte decree set aside on 31.3.1994. The fact remains that there is no decree of divorce as between the appellant and his first wife ever since 31.3.1994.
The first wife filed a complaint against the appellant on 28.3.1995 alleging that the appellant has committed the offence under Section 494 of the IPC. On receiving the process issued by the criminal court the appellant moved the High Court of Allahabad for quashing the criminal proceedings. The main plank adopted by the appellant is that on the date when he conducted the second marriage the first marriage was not subsisting in view of the ex parte decree which continued in force on the said date.
(3.)LEARNED counsel for the respondent (first wife) did not dispute the fact that she moved for setting aside the ex parte decree and succeeded in it when an order was passed on 31.3.1994. As per that order the ex parte decree of divorce dated 6.7.1990 was set aside. If that be so, appellant cannot possibly be convicted for the offence under Section 494 of IPC on premise that he had undergone a ceremony of marriage with another lady on 25.5.1993.
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