Arshi Khan got married to Mr Sheikh from Dewas, about 143 km southwest from the state capital, Bhopal, on January 19, 2013 and after some time he started demanding money from her. When his demands were not fulfilled, he started troubling her, the Ms Khan's lawyer Arvind Gaud said.
After returning to her parents' home, she filed a case against Mr Sheikh for dowry harassment. But on October 9, 2014, he verbally divorced Ms Khan by saying talaq in Ujjain court premises. Later, he sent her a notice in this regard.
The judge said that he failed to give credible evidence of the presence of Ms Khan in the court premises as mentioned by him when he had pronounced talaq thrice, as the presence of the woman in question is mandatory as per the law. The court also observed that no steps were taken by the parties concerned for mediation.