Actor Vidya Sinha wins case against ex-husband

After a decade-long legal battle, veteran actor Vidya Sinha was finally relieved on Wednesday after a sessions court ordered her husband to pay a monthly compensation of Rs 10,000 to the actor. Sinha, of Rajnigandha and Choti Si Baat fame, got married to Netaji Bhimrao Salunke in June 2001, but soon divorced under the pretext that Salunke was mentally and physically torturing her.

Salunke, an Australian resident who makes regular trips from Sydney to Mumbai, was present in the court on Wednesday.

Soon after the marriage, Sinha adopted a girl child, but moved out of Salunke's house after he allegedly began to torture the child, too, she states in her petition. After they were separated, Vidya sought compensation from Salunke to raise the child. When Salunke refused, she moved the lower court. The Magistrate court had ordered Salunke to pay Rs 10,000 monthly to Vidya, but Salunke refused and moved the session's court.

In his defence, Salunke said Sinha has made enough money as an actor and can take care of herself and the child. Sinha told the court that both the parents were responsible for the child and not she alone.

Taking her plea into consideration, Sessions Court Judge V P Gaikwad rejected the appeal filed by Salunke and directed him to pay a regular sum of Rs 10,000 on monthly basis to the actor.

Sinha, who gave some memorable hits including Pati, Patni Aur Woh and Chhoti Si Baat, went on a long sabbatical when her career was at its peak. She recently made a comeback in television serials like Kavyanjali, Bahu Rani, Zaara and Bhabhi.

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