Bombay high court
MUMBAI: The Bombay high court on Tuesday gave the first wife and daughter of a Mumbai Railway police officer Suresh Hatankar who died due to Covid-19 in May, two days to engage a lawyer and posted to Thursday a claim by his second wife’s daughter, for her share in his compensation and employment payouts.
The HC bench of Justices S J Kathawalla and Madhav Jamdar had on Monday sought their presence. The first wife Shubhada Hatankar and their daughter Surbhi, via video conferencing, claimed that they were not aware of their father’s second family. But advocate Prerak Sharma, representing Shraddha Hatankar, the second daughter, from a second wife, said they were aware and referred to a social media post by the first daughter.
After Shraddha’s lawyer pointed to a recent HC judgment which held that a child from a second marriage, while the first one still subsists, has rights to a share of her father’s assets including to any retirement benefits, the bench they would consider the Hatankar matter keeping in mind the earlier judicial pronouncement.
The HC also directed the state lawyer Jyoti Chavan to deposit Rs 50 lakh compensation amount with the court registry soon. Pradeep Chavan, DCP Mumbai police, said it would deposit its Rs 16 lakh due within a week.