Matrimonial woes: SC dismisses PIL by Narendra Kumar

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New Delhi, Aug 18 (UNI) The Supreme Court today dismissed a PIL by Narendra Kumar Verma challenging its order directing him to reunite with his wife on the grounds that such an order violated his fundamental right to life.

A bench comprising Justices B N Agarwal, G S Singhvi and J M Panchal said no violation of any fundamental right was involved and the petitioner was trying to create unnecessary problems.

The petitioner Narendra Kumar Verma and his wife Savita had been living separately since 1992.

Mr Verma was granted divorce by a trial court in March 1996.

However, Punjab and Haryana High Court rejected the trial court's order on the appeal of the wife.

The apex court also dismissed the appeal of the husband, his reviews as well as curative petitions.

The Judges while refusing to entertain the petition also observed that ''Maybe it is the will of the God that both of you should stay together.'' The couple was married in 1987 and have two daughters. They are continuing to live separately despite the apex court's directions to reunite.

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