Tennis star Leander Paes and his estranged partner Rhea Pillai have been locked in a legal battle over domestic violence and maintenance of their 10-year-old daughter Aiyana. This afternoon, the Bandra Magistrate Court witnessed some ugly developments.
According to Spotboye.com, India’s tennis ace is paying only Rs 1.5 lakh per month to Rhea, while she has been requesting him to pay Rs 2.62 lakh (Rs 1.87 lakh for Aiyana’s medical expenses and Rs 75,000 for herself).
Riya told the Bandra court that she has been borrowing money from her friends for a long time. Recently, she borrow Rs 50 thousand from her two friends. She has spent all her savings. Leander had not reached the court for hearing.
She was maintaining the house and daughter ever since Leander left her in 2009. He started paying her Rs 1.5 lakh per month only from 2014.
Rhea and Leander’s daughter Aiyana was diagnosed with brain tumour last year. After that people thought that these couples might come along but that did not happen.
If latest reports are to be believed, Leander showed little to no interest in reconciliation and the one-upon-a-time madly in love couple beat a hasty retreat in opposite directions soon after their daughter was discharged from the hospital. And now, Leander continues to fight the case on the grounds that since he had not married Rhea, she is not his wife and he need not comply.
A friend of Rhea told that, “What Leander is doing is just silly. Leander was living with Rhea as her husband from 2005, impregnated her with a child- and now says that he was never a husband. Anyway, Rhea has damning evidence against him which she and her lawyers will produce in the Court when it matters. The very fact that he was living-in with her is enough to nail him under the DV (Domestic Violence) Act.”
“Aiyana is as much his as Rhea’s. He is just shirking responsibility..” the friend further added.
Before Leander, Rhea was married to Sanjay Dutt, but they separated after a few years. After seeking divorce from Sanjay Dutt, the former model had moved in with Leander. They were in a live-in relationship for more than 10 years.