Actor Randhir Kapoor and his sister Rima Jain, on an engagement, are invited by the Bombay High Court to locate and submit the divorce decree of their late brother Rajiv Kapoor. The siblings filed a petition indicating letters of administration to the property and credits belonging to Rajiv. The petition states that Rajiv and Aarti Sabharwal married in 2001 and divorced in 2003.
However, Randhir and Rima claim that they are unable to submit the divorce decree as they do not have a copy of it and do not know which family court adopted it.
In the process, lead attorney Sharan Jagtiani, who is handling the case for the siblings, argued that HC’s registry had requested a certified copy of the divorce decree. The siblings requested a dispensation from the law to submit the decree.
According to Jagtiani, Randhir and Rima are the only heirs to his estate. Jagtiani had pleaded in court to seek a waiver. He also said he did not have access to the divorce decree and tried to look for it but could not locate it. According to Jagitani, the case was an acrimonious divorce.
Judge Gautam Patel heard a testamentary petition filed by the siblings and was told the details of the case were not known or whether the case had been filed in Mumbai or Delhi.
Justice Patel, in his order, said in Rima’s additional affidavit of April 21 that there was a reaffirmation as a result of this divorce. Rima’s affidavit claims that certain elements of the public domain marked the divorce.
Justice Patel said he was prepared to exempt siblings from the registry requisition only if they agree to make reasonable efforts to track down the divorce decree. And if they are found, they will have to provide a certified copy to the register. However, he added that would not mean that the progress of this petition will be put on hold. It will only be scrapped once there is sufficient evidence for it.
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