MCD commissioner gets HC's nod on divorce

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New Delhi, Nov 24 (UNI) Delhi High Court today granted MCD Commisioner K S Mehra a divorce, dissolving his three-decade-old marriage on the grounds of cruelty meted out by his wife Vimla Mehra, also a senior bureaucrat.

Turning down the appeal of Ms Mehra, who had challenged the lower court order of October 2007, Justice V B Gupta said since there was no trust and faith between the couple, who got married in 1978 and had been living seperately since 1998, continuance of marriage itself will amount to cruelty. Therefore, Mr Mehra is entitled to a divorce decree as per section 13(1)(ia) of the Hindu Marriage Act, 1955.

Mr Mehra in his petition had alleged that he was subjected to continuous harassment and humiliation by his wife since both of them were civil servants and there was an ego clash.

He was shocked when his wife refused to accept the dead bodies of his deceased brother I S Mehra, who was an IPS officer (UP cadre) and his wife, who was also an IPS officer, who expired on October 12, 1997.

He wanted to bring the children of his brother to his house but his wife objected to it and continuously harassed the children.

Mr Mehra had approached the court to grant him divorce on the grounds of cruelty. Additional district and Sessions Judge Gurdeep Singh granted the divorce on October 15, 2007 against which Ms Vimla approached Delhi High Court.

Dismissing her plea, Justice V B Gupta held that there are sufficient grounds to grant divorce.


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