Summon details

Hi to all,


 i am new for this forum ..

i asking this question for my sister .. c is married 3 years back . but her husband not a good person there marriage life broken with in 2 months.. this happened 4 years back .. 


my sister applied diverce after 3years .now c applied for maintenance .. but summons are returning back because of address change. he is changed his address..

we are not able to find his address..

how to move further .. how to move case to find his address to send summons..



search citations or case laws regarding this or file an application for publication before the court under Order 5 rule 20 of CPC

20. Substituted service.- (1) Where the court is satisfied that there is reason to believe that the defendant is keeping out of the way for the purpose of avoiding service, or that for any other reason the summons cannot be served in the ordinary way, the court shall order the summons to be served by affixing a copy thereof in some conspicuous place in the court house, and also upon some conspicuous part of the house (if any) in which the defendant is known to have last resided or carried on business or personally worked for gain, or in such other manner as the court thinks fit.

(1A) Where the court acting under sub-rule (1) orders service by an advertisement in a newspaper, the newspaper shall be a daily newspaper circulating in the locality in which the defendant is last known to have actually and voluntarily resided, carried on business or personally worked for gain.

(2) Effect of substituted service—Service substituted by order of the court shall be as effectual as if it had been made on the defendant personally.

(3) Where service substituted, time for appearance to be fixed—Where service is substituted by order of the Court, the Court shall fix such time for the appearance of the defendant as the case may require.


PUNJAB & HARYANA.- Add the following as proviso to R. 1:

‘Provided that if service in the ordinary manner or by registered post is not affected for the first date of hearing the Court may direct substituted service in such manner as the Court may deem fit, even if no application is made by or on behalf of the plaintiff for the purpose.” Vide Punjab Gaz. dt. 11-4-1975 Pt.III )L.S) P.303. Hary. Govt. Gaz. dt. 25-3-1975 Pt. Ill (L.S.) P 189. Admn. Gaz. dt. 1-5-1975 Pt.II P.95. 




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