A Kolkata man was put behind the bars not because he committed a crime but because he gave alimony to his wife in Rs 500, Rs 1000 notes which are now banned! The judge has ordered that the man would be set free only after he pays the entire amount to his wife in legal tender. According to a TOI report, The man, a retired engineer and resident of College Street was fighting a case of separation with his wife for the past several years. He was ordered to pay an alimony amount of Rs 8,000 per month by the family court. But the man has not paid the amount in last four years and the amount due accumulated to Rs 2.25 lakh by November. Miffed with his repeated failure, the family court judge Shyamal Biswas ordered to put him behind bars on November 8.
“His brother managed to get loans and collected Rs 2 lakh towards the payment of alimony amount. But by the time his brother arranged the amount, Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 currency notes ceased to be legal tenders. The family did not have a way out to change the currency ,” Pratap Dey , the man’s advocate told TOI. His brother appeared before the court on Tuesday with the entire amount–mostly in the denomination of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes.
Seeing the entire amount in 500 and 1,000 rupee notes, his wife refused to accept it. Since the currencies have ceased to be legal tender the judge did not object. “We argued that although 500 and 1,000 rupee notes have ceased to be a legal tender, they are being accepted by the banks as deposits. Since the notes were accounted for, there was no way they could be refused by banks. But she refused to agree to that,” Dey said. The family members then offered to pay the entire amount in cheque or demand draft. “She refused to accept that too. We were surprised as her refusal was forcing the old man to stay behind bars,” Dey said.