Did not threaten Leander, Rhea Pillai tells police

Pillai said that during their counseling sessions in the Bandra family court, Paes argued to meet his daughter outside their house.

Written by Meghna Yelluru | Mumbai | Published: November 3, 2014 3:10 am

Former live-in partner of tennis player Leander Paes, Rhea Pillai, who leveled charges of domestic violence against the sportsman, has written a letter to the Bandra Kurla Complex police station claiming that false allegations have been leveled against her of threatening the sportsman.

On October 16, Paes had lodged an FIR with the BKC police station alleging that the cricketer Atul Sharma had threatened him and his eight-year-old daughter, of dire consequences “at the instance of Pillai”.

In her letter to the police, Pillai said that during their counseling sessions in the Bandra family court, Paes argued to meet his daughter outside their house. Pillai, however, objected his plea and said that Paes could take their daughter out but his father Vece Paes, his driver or his friends should not accompany him, whose presence “mentally affects” the minor.

Moreover, Pillai claimed that even inside the family court, Paes never complained about him being threatened or man-handled, and had merely sought an adjournment of the hearing.

Justifying her stance, Pillai, in her letter, stated that Paes and Sharma did not know eachother and since Paes was denied of his plea to take his daughter out, he filed a false FIR against Sharma, four days later as an afterthought to make the court feel that Pillai was not competent to have the custody of their daughter. The couple has also been fighting for the custody of their minor daughter.

In the FIR, Sharma has been booked under sections 504 (Intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of peace) and 506(2) (non-bailable punishment for criminal intimidation) of the IPC.

meghna.yelluru@expressindia.com

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