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Ganesh-Yamini issue: No consensus in mediation talks

Ganesh-Yamini issue: No consensus in mediation talks

Thiruvananthapuram: Mediation efforts to find an amicable settlement to the matrimonial dispute between former minister K B Ganesh Kumar and his wife Yamini failed to reach in a consensus here Friday.

Ganesh did not bow down to Yamini’s demand for a public apology from his side though he agreed to give a part of his properties to her and the children.

As the talks remained inconclusive with the two sides failing to reach agreement on certain sensitive issues, the CJM posted the case to April 12 for further proceedings.

Kumar, who had moved a divorce petition, had expressed willingness in a court here to arrive at a settlement through mediation to which Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) Snehalatha gave her consent.

Kumar was forced to resign from the Congress-led UDF Ministry on April 2 after Yamini lodged a police complaint alleging she had been a victim of domestic violence for the last 16 years, which marked a critical turn in the long-running family dispute.

Yamini came out openly against her husband after Kumar filed the divorce petition earlier this week.

She had also filed a petition in the CJM court Thursday seeking to book her husband under the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act and sought a compensation of Rs 20 crore from her husband.

The court in its interim order directed Kumar not to take steps to dispose of the house in which Yamini and their children were residing or any household articles.

When the divorce case was taken up this morning, Kumar's counsel told the court that he was willing to go for mediation to settle the dispute, including the compensation sought by Yamini as part of their separation.

Apart from their lawyers, some film personalities were also involved in the mediation on behalf of the actor-turned politician.

Kumar's exit from the ministry also marked a long-drawn rift with his father and Kerala Congress (B) supremo R Balakrishna Pillai, who wanted his son to be dropped from the cabinet on the ground that he ignored the party's interests.

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