Q: My sister-in-law’s husband has been wooing my wife in subtle ways. He makes frequent telephone calls to her and is always ready to run errands for her. I have told him not to mess around with my wife, but the warning has had no effect. Recently they went on a foreign tour and took my wife along without my consent or knowledge. Can I take any legal action against him?
A: As an adult, your wife has the right to take her own decisions. However, if her behaviour upsets you and you are uncomfortable with the situation, you have the option to institute matrimonial proceedings against her. Unless and until your wife objects to the overtures of her sister’s husband there is little that you can do. You may consider sending him a legal notice. Nevertheless, if you are convinced that both of them share an illicit relationship, you may complain to the police who may institute criminal proceedings against him on charges of adultery.
Q:A year ago, my father had filed a criminal case in a lower court in Assam against my sister’s husband. We have now moved to Calcutta. Can the case be transferred here?
Rajkamal Saha, via email
A: Under Section 406 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, the Supreme Court alone has the power to transfer cases from one state to another. However, this is a discretionary power and such transfer may be allowed depending on the type of criminal case filed and the grounds shown by the applicant for such transfer.
Q:My grandfather had remarried after my grandmother died. My mother is their only child. My grandfather, who died in 2008, held some term deposits jointly (either or survivor basis) with my step-grandmother, who has no children of her own. The original receipts are with us. We tried to sort things out amicably with my step-grandmother but she is not ready to give my mother or me any share of that money, which is still lying with the bank. What is our share? How do we proceed legally to claim that?
Suman Mallick, Chinsurah, West Bengal
A: Since the term deposits were held jointly by your grandfather and step-grandmother on an “either or survivor” basis, there is no question of your mother or you claiming any share. Your step-grandmother, who has survived your grandfather, is the sole beneficiary of the deposits.