Press Trust of India
November 28, 2012 11:14 IST
Rajesh Khanna with his wife Dimple and son-in-law Akshay Kumar before his death
A metropolitan court on Tuesday asked
family members of Rajesh Khanna to appear before it in
connection with a complaint filed against them by a woman
claiming to be his live-in partner and seeking maintenance
from the estate of the late actor.
Magistrate S S Deshpande, hearing the complaint filed
by Anita Advani under the provisions of the Domestic Violence
Act, suggested both the sides to settle the matter amicably
and said if they agree he would refer the case to a mediator
the same day.
The court asked Rajesh Khanna's actress wife Dimple Kapadia,
daughters Twinkle and Rinki, and son-in-law Akshay Kumar to
appear before him "without fail" on December 4 to give their
views on arriving at a settlement, if they so desired.
The magistrate further said that if the parties did
not agree to a settlement, he would hear the matter and
dispose it of in a month.
In her petition, Anita Advani has accused Khanna's
family of having evicted her from his bungalow, thereby
attracting provisions of the Domestic Violence Act.
Advani has prayed that she be granted protection under
the Domestic Violence Act, allowed access to Aashirwad, the
actor's bungalow in Bandra where she claimed to have lived
with Rajesh Khanna since 2003.
In her petition, she has alleged that after Rajesh Khanna
passed away in July this year, his family members evicted her
thereby committing an offence under the Domestic Violence Act.
Anita Advani has also challenged the will purported to have
been executed by the actor before his death. According to her,
he had not left behind any will and that a will was forged by
his family. She has alleged that the actor's family had
obtained his thumb impression on the will when he was
critically ill and not capable of understanding anything.
The complainant has claimed monetary relief in the
form of maintenance from the estate of Rajesh Khanna.
Anita Advani claimed that she lived with the actor in the
"shared household" (defined under the Domestic Violence Act
as a place where a man and woman live as husband and wife)and
hence was entitled to maintenance to support herself.