A special court has directed a self-proclaimed godman to pay a monthly alimony of Rs 20,000 to a 31-year-old woman who alleged that he lured her into marrying him though he was already married.
The woman, a resident of Sinhagad Road, had filed a petition seeking relief under the Domestic Violence Act, 200 against Kishor Mandalik alias Dada Maharaj, 45, a resident of Ambegaon.
In November, 2012 she had filed bigamy charges against Mandalik with Dattawadi police and had alleged that she duped her to the tune of Rs 4 lakh. In her petition, she said apart from owning a ashram, Mandalik has businesses in travel and real estate.
As per the complaint filed by the woman, she was a devotee of Mandalik and used to visit his ashram in Ambegaon. During her frequent visits, she got well-acquainted with Mandalik who allegedly lured her into marriage by saying that he and his wife were unhappy and a divorce is in process. The woman believed this and the two got married. However, only after a week into marriage, Mandalik asked the woman to stay away from him as the union was bringing bad luck to him. The woman also said that Mandalik took Rs 4 lakh from her, read the complaint.
On July 16, a magistrate court granted a monthly alimony of Rs 5,000 after Mandalik insisted he has meagre income.
Dissatisfied with the order, the woman had filed an appeal through senior lawyer N D Patil and Vijay Tombare to increase the compensation by stating that the godman was earning Rs 7 to 8 lakh per month and hence the woman was liable to get Rs 1 lakh per month.
The defence lawyer argued the woman runs a beauty parlour earning Rs 4 lakh per year, and Mandalik doesn’t own Shiv Goraksha Ashram.
Special judge Prachi Kulkarni, who heard the case, revised the alimony amount to Rs 20,000 per month. Advocates Jaipal Patil and Ashwini Jalkote who assisted Patil and Thombare in the case said they are going to file an appeal in Bombay High Court to increase the alimony amount.