Things seem to get complicated for Bollywood actor and director Deepak Tijori with his estranged wife demanding alimony for their daughter’s maintenance. Trouble started brewing in paradise a few months back when Shivani Tijori, Deepak Tijori’s wife of twenty years suspected him of cheating on her and allegedly threw him out of their four-bedroom flat in Goregaon. She then demanded maintenance from Deepak under 125 CRPC. She has allegedly permitted him to use only one room in their house and passed along instructions to the servants that he must not be given any food and his room mustn’t be cleaned. He is now reported to be crashing with a friend as a paying guest.
The case isn’t as simple as it sounds. When Deepak Tijori’s wife Shivani accused him of cheating on her and threw him out, he went to consult with his lawyers about the issue. From them, he learnt that Shivani had never filed for divorce from her first husband. This legally makes Deepak’s marriage to Shivani null and void. He then filed a counter case against Shivani for a nulled marriage which is being heard in Bandra family court. They have a 20-year-old daughter Samara who seems to be in the crosshairs now.
A source close to Deepak claims that Samara is 20 years old, which means that she isn’t a minor eligible for maintenance. As far as her relationship with her father is concerned, the source claims that they are cordial but Samara’s loyalty tends to lean towards her mother. This makes Deepak wary about paying any kind of support. Shivani has reportedly asked Deepak to shell out INR 1 lakh towards alimony for herself and daughter Samara. However, with her marriage being declared null, there are fewer chances of this happening. But there is a catch. Shivani can avail the claimed maintenance if she can convince daughter Samara to individually file a petition asking for it. Under section 125 CRPC, an unmarried adult daughter can claim maintenance from her parents. But given her relationship with her father, the source claims that chances of Samara filing such a petition are fairly less.