The divorce proceedings of Bollywood actress Karisma Kapur and her husband, Delhi-based industrialist Sunjay Kapur have reportedly hit a roadblock because of their failure to agree on a few issues related to the welfare of their children.
According to a report in The Times of India, on the day of the final hearing, the couple, who had filed a mutual consent divorce petition in the city family court, got into a loud argument and were packed off by the judge to work out a settlement by February.
The celebrity couple were present in court along with their lawyers before principal judge Laxmi Rao on the date when they were to get their decree. But both failed to agree to the terms of a trust being set up for the welfare of their two minor children, Samaira and Kian Raaj Kapoor - Karisma reportedly wanted to have more say over the trust than she was getting and Sunjay was unwilling to let go of his control.
Sunjay was the first to move the Bandra family court on May 31 this year. He filed a custody petition for the children, saying Karisma was seeing someone else. The estranged couple then converted the custody plea into a mutual consent divorce petition in June.
When both sides got loud in court, the judge directed them to come back with a final settlement, after working it out amicably outside the court, or withdraw their joint petition for divorce under the Hindu Marriage Act.
Once a mutual consent plea is filed, there is a six month cooling off period to give time to both sides for a rethink, at the end of which if they still want to split, divorce is granted. Karisma is represented by divorce lawyer Kranti Sathe, while Sunjay had two top lawyers coming in from Delhi.
The warring couple had a date set in court on December 29 for hearing a plea made by Toshniwal's wife against him.
Karisma's lawyer apparently declined to comment on the proceedings stating that the matter was "pending compliance" and "is being worked out amicably".
Karisma moved back to Mumbai temporarily after which the couple patched-up and had a second child - son Kiaan Raj Kapur, who was born in 2010. However, rumours of infidelity on Sunjay's part persisted and in course of time, Karisma moved back to Mumbai with her children.