A division bench, comprising justices R Sudhakar and S Vaidyanathan, was hearing a civil miscellaneous appeal filed by Srivatsan, an Electrical Engineer residing in the US, against the order of Principal Judge, Family Court at Chennai, ordering interim maintenance to his wife.
The court directed him to apply for issuance of fresh passport at the Indian Embassy at Atlanta, Georgia, USA, so as to enable him to attend the proceedings before the High Court, Family Court as well as X-Metropolitan Magistrate Court and resolve the dispute amicably.
Srivatsan and his wife, a doctor were living in US after their marriage, but after six months she returned to India. On a complaint from the wife, All Women Police Station, at Thirumangalam registered a case under Dowry Prohibition Act against Srivatsan and his parents.

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