No maintenance for woman drawing more salary than husband: Hyderabad High Court

Hyderabad: An order passed by a family court awarding maintenance in favour of the wife against the husband was quashed by the Hyderabad High Court on the ground that the wife is still working and drawing more salary than the husband.

As reported by Deccan Chronicle, Justice B. Siva Sankara Rao allowed the revision petition filed by one B.M. Ranjit Kumar of Srikakulam district challenging the order of the Family Court-cum-VII Additional District and Sessions Judge, Eluru in West Godavari district of AP.

The petitioner stated that his wife approached the family court seeking maintenance of Rs 10,000 per month, on which the family court had awarded maintenance of Rs 4,000 per month. He contended that she was not entitled for maintenance as she is working and was able to maintain herself. He submitted that he was unemployed and was not even worked as part-time lecturer and did not have any property. He said he survived by giving tuitions.

After hearing both the parties Justice Siva Sankara Rao, noted that the wife was still working and was drawing Rs 20,000 per month as salary. Hence the judge declared that granting of maintenance of Rs 4,000 by the lower court in favour of the woman and against the husband was unsustainable and liable to be set aside. However the Judge made it clear that the present order would in no way be a bar on any future claim, if circumstances change.