AHMEDABAD: A man who opposed his wife’s plea, seeking an increase in alimony amount from Rs 5,000 to Rs 10,000, ended up exposing himself as a quack in the Gujarat high court and is on the run.
Khadia police on Monday filed a complaint against Palkesh Gajjar, 39, who ran three clinics in Isanpur, Ghodasar and Raipur areas of the city, under IPC Section 336 (endangering life and safety of others) along with Section 30 of the Gujarat Medical Practitioner Act (prohibition of medical practice by persons not registered).
According to the case details, Gajjar’s wife Dipali Thakkar had, in January 2020, submitted a plea before the Gujarat high court, challenging an order of the family court which ordered an alimony of Rs 5,000 for the couple’s minor son.
She sought to increase the alimony amount to Rs 10,000 before the high court.
During the hearing on March 17, 2023, she submitted before the high court, through her lawyer, that Gajjar is a doctor and the amount of Rs 5,000 was a meagre one for the upbringing of their minor son.
She also submitted that Gajjar has not been giving maintenance regularly.
The case took a twist on April 20 when Gajjar submitted through his lawyer that he did not have any degree.
“It was stated before the court that respondent 1 (Palkesh Gajjar) was holding a BAMS degree and a naturopathy and yoga (NDDY) degree.
However, the advocate for respondent number 2 has denied the said fact and today (April 20), respondent number 2 has filed an affidavit and stated that he has failed the first year of BCom,” said an order of the HC.
To this, his wife submitted photographs of his clinic, ‘Shivam Davakhanu’, where Gajjar’s name was mentioned as the doctor.
The HC directed the police to verify the fact and when the cops checked one of the clinics in Raipur, they found it closed.
Inspector K P Chavda of Khadia police said that they probed further and found that Gajjar did not have any degree, after which a case was filed.
Gajjar had closed all three clinics around one-and-a-half-months ago and fled, it was learnt.
Chavda said, “Gajjar had submitted before the family court too that he was not a doctor but a salesman, so he could not afford to pay Rs 10,000 as alimony amount.”
Inspector K P Chavda said that they have been trying to nab him.
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