High Court fines live-in couple for frivolous litigation

The man threatening the petitioner later turned out to be her husband. (Picture for representation: Reuters)

A couple in a live-in relationship has been fined by the Punjab and Haryana High Court on charges of moving frivolous litigation.

The woman petitioner had told the court that she and her partner were facing a threat from a man since she was in a live-in relationship.

Interestingly, the woman did not reveal her relationship with the man who was threatening her in her application, who happened to be her husband.

The truth came to light when the woman mentioned the name of her husband as the respondent. The respondent later told the court that the petitioner is his lawfully wedded wife who had moved in with a new partner without divorcing him.

The woman also confessed that she was married and was living with another man. The court, while dismissing the petition observed that it cannot award protection orders in a situation when the petitioner is already married and was living with a third person.

It is worth mentioning here that a married person cannot solemnise another marriage without legally divorcing his or her partner. It is called bigamy and is prohibited under Section 494 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

Besides dismissing the petition, the bench headed by Justice Raj Shekhar Attri also fined the petitioner’s live-in partner. He has been asked to deposit a fine of Rs 10,000 with the Punjab Legal Services Authority. Mohali SSP has been directed to get the fine amount deducted from the salary of the accused in case he fails to deposit the fine.