MasterChef judge Kunal Kapur divorces wife on grounds of cruelty by wife

Indian television's popular reality show, MasterChef's Kunal Kapur was granted divorce from his wife yesterday by the Delhi High Court. According to reports, the court announced its decision on the grounds of cruelty against him by his estranged wife. Reportedly, it was observed that her conduct towards him was devoid of dignity and empathy. As per Hindustan Times' report, the high court allowed Kunal's appeal challenging a family court's order denying him divorce and said it is a settled position of law that making reckless, defamatory, humiliating and unsubstantiated allegations against a spouse in public amounts to cruelty

In the statement, a bench of Justices Suresh Kumar Kait and Neena Bansal Krishna said, "In the light of the aforenoted facts of the present case, we find that the conduct of the respondent (wife) towards the appellant (husband) has been such that it is devoid of dignity and empathy towards him. When such is the nature of one spouse towards the other, it brings disgrace to the very essence of marriage and there exists no possible reason as to why he should be compelled to live while enduring the agony of living together."

Kunal, a renowned celebrity chef, stated in his plea that his wife never respected him and his parents. He further accused her of humiliating him. In her counter statement, Kunal's wife claimed that he made false allegations to mislead the court and reportedly said that she was loyal to him. She further accused him of fabricating stories to obtain a divorce.

After hearing both the parties, the court said marriage loses sanctity when conflicts get disrespectful. The bench said, "It is relevant to mention here that within two years of marriage, the appellant has established himself as a celebrity chef, which is a reflection of his hard work and determination. Considering the aforesaid facts, it is only prudent to observe that these are mere allegations made by the respondent to disrepute the appellant in the eyes of the court and such unsubstantiated claims have the effect on one's reputation and therefore, amounts to cruelty."

Kunal is yet to issue a statement on the same.