Maintenance suit: Man to file tax returns

A Noida resident has been asked by a court here to submit his income tax returns and bank statements of the last five years to reach a "fair" decision on his estranged wife's plea for alimony from him.

District Judge (DJ) Sunita Gupta gave the order upholding a trial court's order directing the man to file the requisite documents on the ground that they are "very material" in reaching a proper decision in the case.

"Directions by the metropolitan magistrate vide impugned order were given just to arrive at a fair conclusion of the trial. No fault can be found with the said order..," the judge said.

The husband had approached the sessions court challenging the August 7 order of the trial court to him to file his IT returns and bank statements.

He had said the magistrate's order should be set aside as it was passed when the adjudication of the plea for alimony was about to end.

He told the court that the maintenance petition was filed against him by his wife in March 2007 on "false and frivolous ground with ulterior motives".

The DJ, however, dismissed his arguments saying he had not filed before the trial court his salary certificate or other relevant documents showing his income.

The sessions court held that the trial court order was made for "proper" adjudication of the case and there was no "infirmity" in it.

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