In a relief to Sabah Galadri, ex-wife of Pakistani singer Adnan Sami, the Bombay High Court Monday asked Sami and his wife to vacate the duplex in a plush Lokhandwala complex in Andheri. The court granted Galadri residential rights over five flats and asked Sami to move out within two months.
Sami and wife Roya Farabi currently occupy the 13th and 14th floors of Oberoi Sky Garden. Sami has three more flats on the 12th floor in the same building, which is unoccupied at present.
A Division Bench of Justice A S Oka and S C Gupte was hearing Galadri’s plea against an order of the High Court single judge. Calling the order “illegal”, the Bench partly restored the family court order. “It is not necessary to go into the issues of matrimonial disputes,” said the court while directing the singer to vacate the duplex he is currently occupying. Galadri had claimed that Sami had gifted her the flats and that she had paid him over Rs 5 crore for the flats.
The court partly restored the June 2010 family court order, which had allowed Galadri to live with Sami and his wife in the flat.
Galadri moved the High Court so that Sami and his wife vacate the flats. The High Court judge, in October 2010, directed that Galadri could reside in another flat on the 12th floor or in their older home at Versova.
Galadri had filed an appeal against the single judge order before a Division Bench seeking access to the flats in Oberoi Sky Garden on the 13th and 14 floor. Her appeal was against the order of a Single Bench, which modified the family court order allowing her to stay in the five-in-one flat at Oberoi Sky Garden. Justice Oka Monday observed that Sami hadn’t challenged the family court order, which was in favour of Galadri.
In an earlier hearing, Sami had told the court that he could not move out from the duplex as he had no other place to live in. “I also cannot renovate the flats on the 12th floor as I don’t have funds,” he had said.
Sami had informed the High Court that he could not allow Galadri to live in the flats, as the flats had been confiscated by Enforcement Directorate under the provisions of Foreign Exchange Maintenance Act earlier, and his appeal was now pending before Ministry of External Affairs.