Press Trust of India
December 03, 2012 15:58 IST
Rajesh Khanna with his wife Dimple Kapadia and son-in-law Akshay Kumar before his death
The Bombay High Court today stayed
till December 17 the proceedings in a case of domestic
violence against family members of Rajesh Khanna by a woman
claiming to have been in a live-in relationship with the late
The proceedings in a Metropolitan Magistrate's Court at
suburban Bandra were stayed by Justice KU Chandiwal, who
issued notice to Anita Advani, the lady who claimed to have
looked after the actor in the last few years of his life as a
wife would do.
The court was hearing a petition filed by Mr Khanna's
actress wife Dimple and actor son-in-law Akshay Kumar
challenging the processes started by the magistrate against
them and other family members. Twinkle and Rinki, Mr Khanna's
daughters, are also in the process of filing similar
Anita Advani, in her complaint against Dimple and others, has
claimed she was driven out of Khanna's Bandra bungalow
Aashirwad after his death and sought maintenance from the
On the other hand, Dimple contended that she was the
legally wedded wife of Mr Khanna and as such no other woman can
claim share in the wealth left behind by her husband.
The Magistrate, Dimple argued, should not have
entertained the complaint which has made "baseless" charges.
She 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 Advani's complaint, had
earlier last week issued summons to Dimple, her daughters
Twinkle Kumar and Rinki Saran and son-in-law Akshay Kumar
asking them to appear in person before the court to answer the
allegations, which besides domestic violence includes forging
Akshay Kumar supported Dimple's contention that Advani
had no right to claim any share from Khanna's properties which
is said to be to the tune of Rs 500 crores.
Anita Advani had in her complaint sought monthly maintenance
of Rs 10 lakh from the properties of 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.
Both Dimple and Akshay said when 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 Khanna's death shows that her only intention was
to grab property," they contended.
Both rejected Advani's charge that they had taken the
thumb impression of 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 Advani's claim that she was in a
"domestic relationship" with Mr Khanna in a "shared household".
They referred to a letter written by Advani to their family
two days before Khanna's death in which she had not written
anything about such a relationship.
"Her letter said that Mr Khanna had only pursued her to be
his girlfriend," their petitions said.