The term ‘wife’ to include even those cases where a man and woman have been living together
as husband and wife for a reasonably period of time , strict proof of marriage should not be a pre- condition for maintenance under the section. Sarangadhar Behera v.Smt.Gopal Behera.(CLT (2013) Supp.Cri.15)
(S.Panda , J)
In a proceeding under the section the law does not require application of strict standard of proof
to establish the marriage and each case has to be considered on its own facts and circumstances –– In the present case the Petitioner and Opp. party were living as husband and wife nearly eight years and the society has accepted them as husband and wife -No interference with the impugned order.
A little difference in the facts or additional facts may make a lot of difference in precedential value of a decision –Judicial utterance are made in setting up of the facts of a particular case.
A judge is the pillar of entire justice system and public has a right to demand virtually irreproachable conduct from a judge (SC-10/12/2019)-A person discharging judicial duties acts on behalf of the State in discharge of its sovereign functions. Dispensation of justice is not only an onerous duty but has been considered as akin to discharge of a pious duty, and therefore, is a very serious matter. The standards of probity, conduct, integrity that may be relevant for discharge of duties by a careerist in another job cannot be the same for a judicial officer. A judge holds the office of a public trust. Impeccable integrity, unimpeachable independence with moral values embodied to the core are absolute imperatives which brooks no compromise. A judge is the pillar of the entire justice system and the public has a right to demand virtually irreproachable conduct from anyone performing a judicial function. Judges must strive for the highest standards of integrity in both their professional and personal lives.