In a relief to Rajesh Khanna’s wife Dimple Kapadia, daughter Twinkle Khanna and son-in-law Akshay Kumar, the Bombay High Court, on Thursday quashed domestic violence proceedings lodged against them by the late actor’s alleged live-in partner Anita Advani.
Two years ago, Advani had filed a complaint before a magistrate under the provisions of the Domestic Violence Act against Rajesh Khanna’s estranged wife Dimple, their daughters Twinkle and Rinkie and son-in-law Akshay. Advani had claimed she was evicted from Khanna’s suburban bungalow Aashirwad after his death and had sought maintenance.
“Proceedings pending before the learned Metropolitan Magistrate stand quashed. Both the criminal writ petitions stand disposed of accordingly,” said the HC. Justice Tahaliyani observed Advani’s relation with Khanna was not of the nature of marriage and hence, she cannot seek relief under the Domestic Violence Act. The court further said that all family members of the late Rajesh Khanna cannot be roped in as Advani had never lived with them.
The HC also rejected the request of Advani’s lawyer who sought stay on the HC order for six weeks. The magistrate had issued notices to the family members seeking their reply, following which they approached the high court. The high court had, earlier this year, discharged Rinkie from the case after observing she was married and lived in Kolkata.
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