The wife in this case was in the United States and had just finished her master’s degree

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news Divorce Monday, November 23, 2015 - 12:04

A civil court in Telangana granted divorce to a couple on Saturday after hearing the wife via Skype as she could not be present in the court at the time.

This comes after the Hyderabad High Court in a recent ruling said that recordings via Skype would hold legal validity.

The wife in this case was in the United States and had just finished her Masters in Science  and could not be present in the court as she had interviews scheduled for a job.

The lady had given the power of attorney to her father for representing her in court. But the senior Civil Judge of Khammam M Venkata Ramana needed to hear both the parties personally before nullifying the marriage. 

The couple, who were married in March 2002, had agreed for a divorce after differences cropped up between them soon after the marriage.

Deccan Chronicle reported that the man filed a 'Nullity of Marriage' petition in the court while the woman had filed a petition under IPC Section 498 (A) (domestic violence) in which she accused her in-laws of demanding dowry.

The report also says that the judge used a laptop to interact with the petitioner and passed the decree of divorce.

In a contrasting situation, a couple got married last week after the Madurai bench of Madras High Court heard a petition via Skype and emails and instructed the police to offer protection to the couple.

Finally on Sunday David Philip Raja of Oodaikal in Ramanathapuram district got married to Arul Viji under tight security at the Adaikalmatha church.

Advocate Panneerselvam, the petitioner’s counsel, said that the wedding was finally held under the supervision of ADSP Velladurai along with the protection of 40 policemen.

 Read: Madras HC judge conducts hearing over Skype, orders police protection for couple’s wedding

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