Madhya Pradesh High Court observes wife has right to know the details of her estranged husband’s salary

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The Hush Post: In a major relief to a woman who sought maintenance from her estranged husband, the Madhya Pradesh High Court has ruled that a woman has the right to know the salary of her husband.

A Bench of High Court judges Justice SK Seth and Justice Nandita Dubey made this observation in a petition of one Sunita Jain who had demanded a higher maintenance amount from her husband, saying that he was a senior officer with the government-controlled Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL).

Sunit Jai’s lawyer KC Ghildiyal said that Sunita had pleaded that her estranged husband Pawan Kumar Jain was getting a high salary while she was being given a monthly maintenance of only ₹7,000, a report said.

After a lower court rejected Sunita Jain’s plea that her husband produces his pay slip, Sunita filed a Right to Information (RTI) application to know the details of his salary, the report said.

The matter then reached the Central Information Commission (CIC), which, on July 27, 2007, asked the BSNL Central Public Information Officer to furnish the required details, KC Ghildiyal said.

Pawan Kumar Jain then challenged the CIC order before a Single Bench of the Madhya Pradesh High Court which set aside the CIC order in March 2015.

Advocate Ghildiyal said his client Sunita Jain then moved the Double Bench of the Madhya Pradesh High Court which observed that a wife was entitled to know the remuneration of her husband.

The High Court Bench stated that the wife couldn’t be refused this information by considering her a third party. While setting aside the Single Bench order, the Double Bench, in an order on May 15, allowed the writ appeal and upheld the CIC order, the report said.

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