Wife has right to know the salary of hubby, says MP High Court

Abhishek Dubey and Yogendra Pratap Singh

Bhopal: In an interesting order, Madhya Pradesh High Court has upheld the right of a wife to know the salary of her husband. The order was passed by a two-judge bench of Justices SK Seth and Nandita Dubey recently.

The judges held that though the Right to Information (RTI) respects the privacy of a person as regards remuneration (salary), when the case is about a married couple, the wife ‘is entitled to know the remuneration (the husband) is getting’.

Sunita, a non-practicing advocate gets a monthly maintenance allowance of  ₹ 7000 from her estranged husband, a BSNL employee, who she claims gets a monthly salary of ₹2.25 lakh.

The order came while hearing a petition by Sunita Jain, who had lost her case in trial court seeking that she be shown the pay slip of her estranged husband Pawan Kumar Jain. She had then filed a Right to Information (RTI) application and the Central Information Commission had issued an order allowing her to  see the pay slip of Pawan Jain.

However, the husband filed a petition in the High Court challenging the decision and this appeal was upheld by a single-judge bench of the court.

Sunita Jain then approached a two-judge bench of the court, which issued the order.