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Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Whether consent Can be withdrawn in Mutual Consent Divorce under Sec.13-B of HMA ?
In the opinion of the single judge of Delhi High Court, the following questions of law arise for consideration by a division bench of this Court :-
A) Whether a party, which has under a settlement agreement decreed by
a Court undertaken to file a petition under Section 13B(1) or a motion
under Section 13B(2) of the Act, 1955 or both and has also undertaken to
appear before the said Court for obtaining divorce can be held liable for
contempt, if the said party fails to file or appear in the petition or motion or
both to obtain divorce in view of the option to reconsider/renege the
decision of taking divorce by mutual consent under Section 13B(2) of the
B) Whether by undertaking before a Court to file a second motion under
Section 13B(2) of the Act, 1955 at Section 13B(1) stage or by giving an
undertaking to a Court to that effect in a separate court proceeding, a party
waives its right to rethink/renege under 13B(2) of the Act, 1955? If yes,
whether such right can be waived by a party under Section 13B(2) of the
C) Whether any guidelines are required to be followed by the Court
while recording the undertaking/agreement of the parties with respect to a
petition under Section 13B(1) or a motion under Section 13B(2) of the Act,
1955 or both for obtaining divorce?
D) Whether the judgment in Avneesh Sood (supra) and Shikha Bhatia
(supra) are good law in view of the doubts expressed by this Court in paras
19 to 28 and in view of the Division Bench judgment in Dinesh Gulati