Battle over Mrs India South Africa crown heads for civil court
Durban - A DURBAN High Court judge is expected to set a date on Monday to hear whether the disqualification of Dr Saumaya Tiwari Gautam, as the recently crowned Mrs India South Africa was justified.
The matter was marked “urgent” when an application made by Gautam’s legal representative, Rajesh Hiralall, came before Judge Jacqui Henriques on Thursday.
But Henriques ruled that a senior civil judge must handle the matter and set a date for it to be heard.
Gautam initially served summons of R1.2 million on the organisers of the Mrs India South Africa after she had not received prizes, which included a car worth R300 000, in October.
Gautam was crowned in August. Mrs India South Africa CC is the first respondent. The others are Annulutchmee Thaver and Deon Ganas.
Gautam was disqualified when she made the legal demand and Daphne Singh, the runner-up, was installed as the new queen.
She responded with the urgent court application.
Thaver filed responding documents to the urgent application this week.
In her response, Thaver said that Gautam’s urgent application should be dismissed because she did not cite Singh as a respondent.
Thaver said it was contradictory that Gautam claimed damages for loss of earnings and also wanted to be reinstated.
Thaver said the application was served on November 5 and only gave three days to respond, which she claimed was prejudicial.
Sunday Tribune Herald