In a setback for Pakistani singer Adnan Sami, the family court on Saturday directed him to pay Rs6.4 crore to his estranged wife Sabah Galadari, a citizen of UAE, towards repayment, compensation and meher (money given by husband to wife after marriage). Sami has also been told to surrender his duplex flats in Andheri within two months.
Sami had bought the flats in Oberoi Sky Garden, Andheri, which he later gifted to Galadari. However, after they separated, Sami refused to hand over the flats and is residing there with his third wife Roya Farabi.
Sami and Galadari have been in an on-off marriage since 2001. They married in 2001, got divorced in 2004. They re-married in 2007 and once again got divorced in 2012.
Family judge IM Bohari issued the directions to Sami while hearing Galadari's petition seeking compensation for allegedly being meted out harassment and also being blackmailed.
Galadari was represented by advocate Mrinalini Deshmukh, whereas Sami was represented by advocate Ranbir Singh. Deshmukh said the judge has directed Sami to return Galadari the Rs5.3 crore he had borrowed from her.
The judge has also asked Sami to pay Rs1 crore as compensation to her for the alleged harassment and blackmail. "Sabah (Galadari) had filed a complaint against Sami for harassment, domestic violence and blackmail. The complaint before the Andheri magistrate is still pending," said Deshmukh. In addition, Sami has been directed to pay Rs10 lakh as meher to Galadari. Ideally, meher is paid at the time of marriage. However, in this case, Sami did not give her meher and, hence, he has been asked to pay now.
The family court judge decided on the compensation and other issues after the Bombay high court, on June 19, 2012, granted divorce to the couple. While Sami was unavailable for comment, his advocate Singh said they are considering filing an appeal. "However, we'll decide on our next step after going through the order copy," he added.