Did not threaten Leander: Rhea Pillai

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

Written by Meghna Yelluru | Mumbai | Published: November 3, 2014 3:28 am

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

On October 16, Paes had lodged an FIR with the BKC police station alleging that 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 at the Bandra family court, Paes asked to meet his daughter outside their house. Pillai, however said that while Paes could take their daughter out, he should not be accompanied by his father Vece Paes, driver or friends as their presence “mentally affects” the minor.

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

Justifying her stance, Pillai, in her letter, stated that Paes and Sharma did not know each other and he filed a false FIR against Sharma after his plea was rejected. She said Paes filed the FIR four days later as an afterthought to make the court feel that Pillai was not competent to have the custody of their daughter.

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