CHENNAI, INDIA, March 19, 2012 (Deccan Chronicle): In a judgment with far-reaching consequences, the Madras High Court (HC) has held that a decree for dissolution of a marriage by a foreign court is not binding in India if a wedding is solemnised in the country under the Hindu Marriage Act.
A division bench comprising justices R. Banumathi and S. Vimala gave the ruling while dismissing an appeal by Sunder against an order of a family court in Chennai declaring a decree of divorce by Superior Court of California not binding on his wife Shyamala.
The couple tied the knot in Vellore district in 1999, but Sunder went to the US within a year and did not communicate with Shyamala after that. In 2000, she received summons from Superior Court of California, which subsequently granted Sunder divorce despite her defense statement.
HC said Superior Court of California was not a court of competent jurisdiction to decide the matrimonial dispute of the appellant/husband married under the Hindu Marriage Act in India.