The Chief Justice of India was surprised to hear about the case of one couple who has had 11 years of separation behind them and have as many as 60 court cases filed against each other. While hearing the case, the Supreme Court bench, headed by CJI N.V. Ramana said – What to do. Some people like fighting. They want to be in court always. If they do not see the court, they do not get the sleep.”

According to a LiveLaw report, the couple in question had 30 years of marriage together followed by 11 years of separation. The Supreme Court bench headed by CJI Ramana and comprising of Justice Hima Kohli also stated – “The ingenuity of the lawyers has to be marked, 60 cases between a husband and a wife!”.

During the hearing, the wife’s counsel told the Supreme Court bench that the wife was actually willing to have a comprehensive settlement, but was concerned that the High Court proceedings should not be stayed.

To this, the bench ruled – “It appears you’re very much interested in fighting. You can’t have both. You can’t have your cake and eat it too.”

The Facts of the Matter

Some people suffering from Munchausen’s syndrome are known to be “regulars” at hospital. Due to the disorder, the said person often assumes the role of a sick person to have someone care for them and be center of attention.

Similarly, lawyers often find a set of regulars who keep knocking at the doors of the court – sometimes to get justice – other times to scratch a psychological itch.


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Curious Case of 60 Court Case Couple

Recently, the Supreme Court bench headed by Chief Justice of India, N.V. Ramana was shocked to hear the strange situation of an estranged couple. The husband and wife have thirty years of marriage and eleven more years of separation behind them.

What makes their case curious is that they have filed as many as sixty court cases against each other.

While hearing the case, Justice Hima Kohli, who was part of the Supreme Court bench, was quoted saying, “The ingenuity of the lawyers has to be marked, 60 cases between a husband and a wife!”.


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“Some People Want to Always Be in Court”: CJI N.V. Ramana

The petitioner’s counsel appealed the Supreme Court bench to refer the case to the mediation center to provide a dissolution. To this CJI N.V. Ramana was quoted saying, “What to do? Some people like fighting, they want to always be in court. If they don’t see court, they don’t get sleep.”

The petitioner told the court that after the wife accused her husband’s father of sexually harassing her, it was difficult for her to stay in the same house. Further, the petitioner added that the husband’s family was prepared to provide a similar accommodation.

Wife Agrees on Mediation, wants High Court Proceedings to Also Continue

During the hearing, the bench asked the wife’s counsel whether she would want to go for mediation. The counsel stated that the wife is willing to go for mediation and have an comprehensive settlement. However, the counsel stated that the wife is concerned that the High Court proceedings must not be stayed.

To this the apex court remarked that the respondent can’t go through mediation while arguing cases that are in different high courts. The bench also remarked that mediation is a time bound process. “It appears you’re very much interested in fighting. You can’t have both. You can’t have your cake and eat it too. Mediation is time bound”, the Supreme Court bench remarked.


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Case Transferred to Mediation Centre

The Supreme Court bench was initially interested in issuing notices. However, after counsels of both husband and wife expressed interest in going for mediation, the Bench referred the case to the Delhi High Court’s Arbitration and Mediation Centre.

 

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