New Delhi, May 23 (PTI) A court here has refused to reduce the maintenance amount of Rs 40,000 to two daughters from their father in a domestic violence case lodged by their mother, saying it was not high in a metropolitan city like Delhi.Also Read - Breaking News Highlights: 4 NDRF Teams Deployed in Tamil Nadu as IMD Issues Alert of Cyclonic Circulation

Additional Sessions Judge Lokesh Kumar Sharma dismissed the plea of the man, accused of cruelly treating his wife, against a magisterial court order directing him to pay the interim maintenance to his two daughters. Also Read - Delhi Unlocks Further as Kejriwal Allows Academic Meets in Schools, Colleges With Restrictions | Check Guidelines

“After going through the order passed by Metropolitan Magistrate and considering financial and economic status of the parties, the amount of interim maintenance as awarded in favour of minor daughters does not appear to me to be on a higher side especially in a metropolitan city like Delhi. Also Read - Coronavirus in India 26 April 2021 Highlights: Situation in India Beyond Heartbreaking, Says WHO Chief

“Hence, I do not find any illegality or infirmity in the impugned order calling upon any interference of this court in the exercise of its appellate powers and jurisdiction.

Accordingly, the appeal as filed is dismissed being devoid of any merits,” the judge said.

In his appeal, the man contended that his estranged wife was earning more than him and maintaining the children were a joint responsibility and not his alone.

The woman, who is living separately with her daughters, has alleged that the man had subjected her to cruelty and sought maintenance for herself and the minor daughters.

The court refused interim maintenance to the woman.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.