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Court asks woman to pay 30.7 lakh to live-in partner

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To compensate him for misappropriating his gold and silver jewellery and Rs. 70,000 in cash kept with her

NEW DELHI: The Delhi High Court has asked a woman to pay Rs.30.7 lakh to her former live-in partner to compensate him for misappropriating his gold and silver jewellery and Rs.70,000 in cash kept in her custody when they were living together.

The partners, Surendra Kumar Jain and Jyoti, were living together in a rented house at Gandhi Nagar in East Delhi. They also had two children during that period.

However, some disputes arose between the two after which Jain stopped staying with and visiting Jyoti.

When one day he visited the house, the neighbours told him that Jyoti had married another man and left after locking the house.

Thereafter, Jain sent several requests to her and later also served a legal notice on her seeking return of the gold and silver jewellery and the cash but there was no response from her.

Having failed to get back the jewellery and cash, he filed a recovery suit against her and her husband charging them with misappropriating gold jewellery weighing 1.5 kg and silver jewellery weighing 1 kg and Rs. 70,000 in cash.

To buttress his charge before the Court, Mr. Jain submitted the bills for purchasing the jewellery as well as photographs of his former partner wearing the jewellery at different times.

He had also lodged an FIR against her for allegedly stealing his jewellery and cash kept in her custody with a clear understanding that she would return it to him as and when required.

He also charged his former partner with selling the jewellery and buying a flat with the sale money.

Justice V. K. Jain decided the matter ex-parte as Jyoti failed to appear before the Court despite several summons.Justice Jain said: “I see no reason to disbelieve the un-rebutted deposition of the plaintiff. The bills show purchase of jewellery.”

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