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Children Challenge Maintenance Order, DC Upholds Decision

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Chikmagalur: The children of Basavarajappa from Lakkavalli hobli in Tarikere taluk have challenged the Sub-Divisional Officer’s order to pay ₹3,000 per month maintenance to their father. They have now approached the DC’s Court, which has also upheld the decision that maintenance should be provided.

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Basavarajappa sought maintenance from his children after his wife’s death in 2014. His son is a second-grade assistant in the gram panchayat, and his daughter is an inspector in the excise department. Both children are living separately and have a share in inherited property.

In response, Basavarajappa cited health issues and financial struggles due to old age as reasons for seeking alimony. He stated that he spent significant amounts on his children’s education and was now facing difficulties.

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The children argued against providing maintenance, claiming unethical use of inherited property proceeds for illegal activities. They highlighted their own achievements through hard work and cited their mother’s remarriage following their previous misfortunes as reasons for denying alimony.

DC K.N. Ramesh upheld the Sub-Divisional Officer’s order based on The Guardianship, Nurture, Preservation, and Protection of Senior Citizens Act—stating it is a child’s responsibility to take care of senior citizens regardless of property matters.

Following complaints about non-payment of maintenance despite the decision, Basavarajappa recently submitted a request to address this issue. The Additional DC then instructed strict compliance with the earlier order on June 12th.

 

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