Delivering a judgment on a second appeal in a case involving abandoning of matrimonial house by wife claiming cruelty, Justice U D Salvi referring to clause 8 of Article 4 of Law of Divorce under Portuguese Civil Code, observed that “if it is shown that there was no such desire to unite on the part of the spouse contesting the claim for divorce during the period of 10 consecutive years of separation, it can very well be said that the claim for divorce on the ground of freely consented de facto separation ought to succeed”.
The matrimonial dispute had reached the high court after the wife, Sheetal Pai, challenged the order of the appellate court that granted divorce to her husband Prakash Pai in 2000.
Renu (28) and Raju (23) were arrested for allegedly murdering Shankar, DCP (northwest) Meenu Chaudhury said. Renu had filed a complaint on Tuesday that her husband had not returned home from Azadpur market on December 20. The arrests came following probe into the complaint.
“Shankar’s father, Bhola Shah, told police that he suspected Renu. On sustained interrogation, she broke down and confessed to the crime,” Chaudhury said. Renu told police that she had been in a relationship with her neighbour, Raju, for the past two years. Raju used to work with her husband.
“As their relations became known Shankar shifted from Wazirpur Industrial area to Mukandpur about three months ago. Raju and Renu still remained in touch.” Shankar had gone to Raju’s house to inform the latter’s mother why he had left Wazirpur. While Shankar was leaving for home, Raju boarded his tempo without his knowledge,” Chaudhury said.
When the vehicle reached Bhai Parmanand Chowk, Raju drew Shankar’s attention towards him and said he should stop. When Shankar stopped the tempo and stepped out, Raju told him that he should tighten a nut in his tempo. As Shankar tightened the nut Raju shot him in the neck and threw the body in the fields near Sonipat.