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Allegations In Matrimonial Case Can Lead To Criminal Defamation: Karnataka HC

The Karnataka High Court has convicted a woman under section 500 of Indian Penal Code on the finding that the statements made by her against her husband before the Family Court in a matrimonial case amounted to ‘criminal defamation’. Justice Dr H.B. PRABHAKARA SASTRY partly allowed the appeal filed by Sushma Rani, challenging the order passed by the revision court in the year 2012. The court set aside the sentence of one-month simple imprisonment imposed on her. However, it enhanced the fine from Rs. 5,000 to Rs. 15,000 which has to be paid within 60 days from October 1, or else the woman will have to serve a default sentence of Simple Imprisonment for one month.

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