Revathi.T.M vs Sanoj on 27 May, 2022

Revathi.T.M vs Sanoj


In the High Court of Kerala at Ernakulam, the case of Revathi.T.M vs Sanoj addressed a procedural question concerning the maintainability of a divorce petition. The matter was presided over by the Honorable Mr. Justice A. Muhamed Mustaque and Mrs. Justice Sophy Thomas on May 27, 2022.


Revathi T.M. filed a petition challenging the Family Court of Kasaragod’s decision to proceed with a divorce petition filed by her husband, Sanoj. The crux of the matter lay in whether the Family Court should have treated the question of the petition’s maintainability as a preliminary issue before moving on to trial.

Key Arguments:

The petitioner, Revathi T.M., argued that the divorce petition filed by the respondent was not maintainable, suggesting that the Family Court should decide on this issue based on the pleadings before proceeding. Conversely, the respondent’s counsel contended that the petition was ready for trial and that the petitioner’s objections were merely attempts to delay the proceedings.

Court’s Observations:

The High Court observed that the Family Court had opted to frame issues and move to trial without adequately addressing the preliminary question of maintainability. The judges recognized the need to resolve this foundational issue to ensure the fairness and legality of the proceedings.

Court’s Decision:

Justice Mustaque and Justice Thomas set aside the impugned order from the Family Court, instructing it to reconsider the matter afresh. They directed that the Family Court should specifically address the maintainability of the divorce petition, based on the existing pleadings, and decide this issue within two weeks after hearing arguments from both parties.


This judgment underscores the judiciary’s responsibility to ensure that all legal proceedings adhere to the principles of procedural justice. By sending the case back to the Family Court for a preliminary determination on the question of maintainability, the High Court aimed to prevent potential miscarriages of justice and ensure that both parties’ rights are adequately protected during the divorce proceedings. The decision also highlights the judiciary’s role in safeguarding the integrity of legal processes, emphasizing the importance of addressing all procedural issues thoroughly before proceeding to substantive matters.


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