Mumbai: If a person has two wives, then only his first wife has the right to claim the husband's property. But the children born from both weddings will definitely have rights on that property. This was said by a bench of Judge SJ Kathawala and Judge Madhav Jamdar in the Bombay High Court on Tuesday during the hearing of a case.
In fact, on 30 May, Sub-Inspector Suresh Hathankar of the Maharashtra Railway Police Force died due to coronavirus infection while on duty. The state government has announced a compensation of 65 lakh to the policemen who died of corona while on duty. Both Suresh's wives asserted their rights over this compensation amount. The bench of Justice Kathawala and Justice Jamdar was hearing the petition of Suresh Hatankar's second wife.
Shraddha, the daughter of Suresh's second wife, had filed a petition in the High Court, asserting her proportionate share of the compensation amount. The government had deposited all the amount in the court before it was decided to be entitled to compensation. Hatankar's first wife Shubhada and the couple's daughter Surabhi were also present in the hearing of the case via video conference and claimed that they did not know that Hatankar had a "second family". However, Shraddha's lawyer Prekkar Sharma told the court that Surabhi and Shubhada knew about Hatankar's second marriage and had earlier contacted on Facebook. The court has scheduled the hearing on Thursday.