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Mumbai: Bombay high court on Tuesday gave the first wife and daughter of a Mumbai railway police officer Suresh Hatankar, who died of 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 compensation and employment payouts.
An HC bench of Justices S J Kathawalla and Madhav Jamdar had on Monday sought their presence. The first wife, Shubhada, and their daughter Surbhi, via video-conferencing claimed they were unaware of their father’s second family. Advocate Prerak Sharma, representing Shraddha, 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 still subsists, has rights to a share of her father’s assets, including retirement benefits, the bench said it would consider the matter keeping in mind the earlier judicial pronouncement.
The HC also directed state lawyer Jyoti Chavan to deposit Rs 50 lakh compensation amount with the court registry on Thursday.
DCP Pradeep Chavan said they would deposit Rs 16 lakh within a week.