Actor and theatre artist Raghubir Yadav, arrested in connection with an alimony case lodged by his estranged wife, was on Saturday remanded to judicial custody till June 7 by a suburban family court in Mumbai.
Raghubir, against whom a warrant had been issued by the Bandra family court in September last for failing to appear before it despite regular summons, was arrested at the Mumbai Central railway station on Friday night.
His wife Purnima had approached the court in 2002 after the actor failed to pay maintenance for over four years.
"The duo tied the knot in 1988, but got divorced in 1996. He was directed to pay an alimony of Rs 20,000 per month, which was later brought down to Rs 10,000. Till date, Raghubir has not paid a single paisa to Purnima. There are arrears of Rs 4.5 lakh," Purnima's lawyer Sumangala Biradar told PTI.
Raghubir told the court that he was facing financial crunch and could afford to pay only Rs 20,000 of the arrears.
"The court did not accept this argument and remanded him to judicial custody. He has to at least pay Purnima 50 per cent of the arrears if he wants to come out," Biradar said.
"Till 2007, I had a job, but now I am trying to make ends meet. Raghubir is not even ready to help our son Achal. When Achal went to ask him for money for his education, Raghubir refused and said he would do so only if I dropped the case against him," Purnima said.
Raghubir has acted in several movies like 'Delhi 6', 'Firaaq' and 'Darna Mana Hai' and also television serials and theatre productions.
The actor, who has been evading arrest since September last, was spotted in the Mumbai-bound Rajdhani Express by Purnima, who was also travelling in the same train.
Purnima alerted the Government Railway Police (GRP) officials at Mumbai Central railway station, who arrested Raghubir and handed him over to the suburban Dindoshi police. The Dindoshi police had in December last year told the court that Raghubir was untraceable. PTI