NEW DELHI: Snubbing at the lengthy legal process, the Delhi High Court finally granted divorce to a 85-year-old man who struggled 30 years of his prime youth to procure it.
Mr Justice Kailash Gambhir Sunday upheld the decision of the trial court, which had granted divorce to the 85-year-old Mr J M Kohli in 1994, and felt sorry for the lengthy process of the courts, whereby one wastes the prime days of his life to procure the orders.
Mr Justice Gambhir said, ‘’It should be the endeavour of the courts to expeditiously decide these matters so that people involved can start their lives afresh.’’ The court said it was unfortunate that the slow process of justice has prevented the couples from starting their lives afresh.
‘’This is an unfortunate case where the parties have spent more than half of their lives in the alleys of the courts,’’ the court said.
Rejecting his wife’s appeal challenging the lower court order, the court said, ‘’The prime years which should have been spent by the parties to start a new life have been wasted in the court rooms.
Mr Kohli got married to Ms Vimla in 1953 but was forced to leave the house in 1979. He filed a divorce petition in 1982 and the Court granted the divorce in 1994.
Challenging the same in the High Court, Ms Vimla alleged that the trial court had not heard her before granting the divorce.
Mr Kohli had, meanwhile, married Ms Usha after being granted divorce by the lower court. The couple has a 10-year-old son.
Ms Vimla dragged Mr Kohli into various property declaration suits in the Delhi High Court, which were ruled in Mr Kohli’s favour last year.