Press Trust of India
December 02, 2012 11:09 IST
Dimple Kapadia with Rajesh Khanna before his death
Rajesh Khanna's actress wife
Dimple Kapadia has moved the Bombay High Court for quashing a
case of domestic violence filed against her and family by a
woman claiming to have been in a live-in relationship with the
Anita Advani, in her complaint against Dimple Kapadia and
others, has claimed she was driven out of Rajesh Khanna's Bandra
bungalow Aashirwad after his death and sought maintenance
from the actor's estate.
In her petition, Dimple Kapadia has contended that she was
the legally wedded wife of Rajesh Khanna and as such no other woman
can claim share in the wealth left behind by her husband.
Dimple Kapadia has also challenged the notices issued to her
and family members by a Bandra Magistrate on Anita Advani's
complaint alleging domestic violence and seeking monthly
maintenance from Rajesh Khanna's estate.
The Magistrate, Dimple argued, should not have
entertained the complaint which has made "baseless" charges.
She has contended that it was "unreasonable" for the
Magistrate to even suggest that she and her family go in for a
compromise with the complainant in which case he would refer
the matter for mediation.
The Magistrate while hearing Anita Advani's complaint, had
earlier this week issued summonses to Dimple Kapadia, her daughters
Twinkle Kumar and Rinki Saran and actor son-in-law Akshay
Kumar asking them to appear in person before the court to
answer the allegations, which besides domestic violence
includes forging Rajesh Khanna's will.
Along with Dimple Kapadia, Akshay Kumar too has filed a
petition in the High Court supporting her contention that
Advani had no right to claim any share from Rajesh Khanna's
properties which is said to be to the tune of Rs 500 crores.
Rajesh Khanna's daughters Twinkle Kumar, wife of Akshay Kumar
and Rinki Saran, are in the process of filing the petition in
the High Court, sources said.
Dimple Kapadia and Akshay Kumar have sought a stay on the proceedings
before the Bandra Magistrate till disposal of the matter by
the High Court. The matter is likely to come up for hearing on
December 3 before Justice K U Chandiwal.
Anita Advani had in her complaint sought monthly maintenance
of Rs 10 lakh from the properties of Rajesh Khanna and entry into his
bungalow where she claimed to have lived with him for several
years as "husband and wife" although they never married.
Dimple Kapadia and Akshay Kumar have said when Anita Advani had herself
mentioned in the complaint that she had been evicted from
Aashirwad a number of times in the past, why did she not file
a complaint of domestic violence then.
"The fact that she chose to move the court nearly
three months after Rajesh Khanna's death shows that her only
intention was to grab property," they have contended.
Both rejected Anita Advani's charge that they had taken the
thumb impression of Rajesh Khanna on his will a few days before his
death when the actor was seriously ill and not capable of
understanding anything. Their petitions said the will had been
The duo challenged Anita Advani's claim that she was in a
"domestic relationship" with Rajesh Khanna in a "shared household".
They referred to a letter written by Advani to their family
two days before Rajesh Khanna's death in which she had not written
anything about such a relationship.
"Her letter said that Rajesh Khanna had only pursued her to
be his girlfriend," their petitions said.