Thursday, June 29, 2006
Patna (UNI): Noted playback singer Udit Narayan and his estranged wife Ranjana Jha today filed a joint petition before state women's commission seeking time for out of court settlement and resolution of the dispute over plea of the latter to restore their conjugal life. Chairperson of the state women's commission Manju Prakash said that through a joint petition, both Mr Narain and Ms Jha, informed the commission that they were engaged in negotiation to find a mutually acceptable solution to their strained married life. They were granted two days' time to carry on dialogue and approach the commission to inform the outcome of such exercise, she said adding the commission might consider extending the period of negotiation till July five if satisfactory progress was made during the first 48 hours of negotiations.
Ms Prakash clarified that the aim of the women's commssion was to restore rights of Ms Jha as legal wife to the singer. Earlier women's commission had issued summons to the singer on four occasions during the last three months to appear before it to state his position following the complaint of Ms Jha accusing him of practising bigamy and ignoring her interests as his legal wife. Mr Narain had failed to appear before the commission on one pretext or the other but at last instead appearing before the commission in person today, his counsel moved the joint petition.