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For Rs 25 lakh, NRI gets divorce â settlement

FOR Mayur Vihar resident Surbhi Anand the dream wedding came arranged in February 2004, when she married Ashutosh Garg, an NRI software engineer working in California with Google.

The “full and final settlement”, too, was ‘ordered’, at a Delhi court, when Garg paid Rs 25 lakh on Saturday as compromise for the FIR she had lodged against him for harassment over dowry.

Passing the directive, the Additional Sessions Judge at Karkardooma courts said Garg’s payment now settles all civil and criminal disputes between him and Anand. It also takes care of future “maintenance” for Anand, a decree of divorce by mutual consent, and quashes the FIR she had registered at Mayur Vihar Police Station on February 14, 2005.

“We are grateful to the court that the matter was settled on the first hearing (June 21) and Garg was allowed to leave for the US,” Garg’s advocate N K Singh Bhadauria told Newsline. “Usually, an NRI feels harassed in such cases — their passport is seized and they’re not allowed to leave India till the end of trial.” According to 25-year-old Anand’s FIR, her family met all his demands, save a “flat demanded in Hauz Khas”. Garg’s family asked for the flat for the engineer to stay in during his visits to the city, the FIR said.

According to the FIR, she went to USA with Garg in February 2004, and was constantly “humiliated and harassed for bringing insufficient dowry”. She was forced to return home with her brother Sagar Anand in August 2004, the FIR states. In the FIR, Anand claimed Rs 25 lakh as compensation for the harassment meted out to her by Garg and his parents, based in Shipra Sun City, Ghaziabad. Garg’s parents, though, paid only Rs 4 lakh in May 2005, and the issue was in the courts till Garg finally decided to fly in last month.

“The court gave him a month to come but Garg was here within 18 days,” advocate Bhadauria said. “He pleaded that his work in the US was suffering due to his absence, and the court took note of it — on the first hearing itself, on June 21, the court decided the matter as both parties mutually agreed (to settle for) Rs 25 lakh.”

As per court directions, Garg yesterday paid the balance — Rs 21 lakh — through pay orders. The damages: Groom at wife’s FIRing line
As per the February 14, 2005 FIR, Surbhi Anand’s parents asked Rs 25 lakh as compensation for
* Rs 4 lakh as bill of Hyatt Regency, Delhi, where the engagement ceremony was held on November 2, 2003. Plus 40 gold coins, two diamond rings and cash gifts worth Rs 1.5 lakh.
* Rs 51,000 cash, plus two diamond sets, four gold chains and two gold rings at god bharai on February 3, 2004.
* 40 rooms booked for six days at Agra’s Holiday Inn hotel for the groom’s family and relatives for the wedding on February 6, 2004.
* Diamond jewellery set given on kanyadaan, gifts worth Rs 3 lakh given on lagan and sangeet functions.
From Indian Express

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