Sabah is not my legally wedded wife: Adnan Sami
9 October 2009
MUMBAI: They are twice married to each other and are currently in the process of getting twice divorced as well, but Pakistani singer Adnan Sami has fired a salvo that has left his estranged wife Sabah Galadari stunned. Entangled in a raging legal battle, the crooner is now saying that Sabah, a newspaper heiress, is in fact not his legally wedded wife, according to Muslim Sharia law.
Sami made this startling claim while replying to his wife's petition for a divorce before the family court at Bandra. He said he had remarried Sabah in April 2007, three years after their April 2004 divorce under the "bona fide belief'' that she had complied with the Halala requirements. But, he said, it came as a "shock'' when in a "fit of anger'' she once told him that she had not completed the formalities of Halala. The Sharia law requires a woman to marry another Muslim adult male, consummate that marriage and then divorce him before being able to remarry her previous husband.
Under the Sharia law, non-compliance of Halala will invalidate the remarriage and "no benefit'' should be given to Sabah, said Adnan. He said Sabah had "insulted his love'' for her and "practised deception, breach of trust, cheating'' and played with his "emotions'' to mislead him into solemnising their nikah in 2007.
The couple married first in 2001 got a divorce divorce agreement in 2004 which stated that she had initiated the divorce. Adnan's contention now is that when a Muslim woman seeks divorce, it becomes a `khula' and the divorce by the Muslim law is complete. A woman thus divorced can only remarry the same man after completing Halala.
Sabah's response in court was that that first marriage was voidable and there was no requirement for Halala.
Adnan, however, alleged that Sabah had misled him into the second marriage and into writing her the gift deed to their five Andheri flats and also moved the Bombay High Court in a "pre-planned'' move to "grab my flats''.
Sabah may be stunned, but is not knocked out. She has pointed out that the very husband who is now attempting to deny her, her `legal wife' status, had in March this year, in a reply to a domestic violence proceeding against him before a local court, categorically said that that he wished to cohabit with his wife.
In May this year, Sabah had filed for divorce and the Halala angle sprung up during the recent hearing with Adnan opposing her claim. A family court judge is likely to decide the Halala issue on October 14 before the matter can proceed.
Sabah, who said she comes from "an extremely wealthy family of Dubai'', told the family court as she "can't tolerate Adnan's behaviour anymore''.
Neither Adnan nor Sabah are Indian nationals and their bitter battle involving trips to police stations has also sent them court hopping. They have no children together and their custody battle is over their precious labrador Rock who lately has developed a bemused expression.
Sabah has demanded Rs 10.2 crore from Adnan, including Rs 5.5 crore as compensation and Rs 4.5 crore as a refund of what her family had lent him.