On Tuesday (12 December), the Delhi High Court rejected a plea for divorce filed by National Conference leader and former Jammu-Kashmir Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah from his estranged wife, stating that his appeal lacked merit.
The decision of the trial court, which declined to grant a divorce to Abdullah, was affirmed by a panel of Justices Sanjeev Sachdeva and Vikas Mahajan, The Hindu reported.
Omar Abdullah has informed the Delhi High Court that his marriage has irretrievably broken down. The High Court dismissed the appeal stating it lacked merit. This appeal was in response to the 2016 verdict of the trial court, which Abdullah had contested.
Abdullah has initiated a divorce process with his separated wife, Payal Abdullah, citing her cruelty towards him as the reason.
The court bench, in delivering its judgment, found no fault in the family court's perspective that the allegations of cruelty were indistinct and not credible. They noted that the appellant was unable to substantiate any action that could be classified as a cruel act, whether physical or mental, against him.
The court case on 30 August resulted in the dismissal of Abdullah's petition for divorce by the trial court.
The trial court had stated that Abdullah failed to substantiate his allegations of "cruelty" or "desertion", which he had cited as the reasons for seeking a divorce decree.
Nishtha Anushree is Senior Sub-editor at Swarajya. She tweets at @nishthaanushree.
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