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Violence case against Paes

Mumbai, June 22: Rhea Pillai has filed a case of domestic violence and harassment against tennis star Leander Paes, her estranged live-in partner, and his father Vece Paes and sought Rs 4 lakh as monthly maintenance.

“Yes, we have filed a case under the DV Act seeking protection orders for residence and compensation against Leander’s attempts to lock her out of her residence. It is scheduled to be heard on June 30,” Rhea’s lawyer Mrinalini Deshmukh told The Telegraph after the case was filed in a Bandra court.

Rhea, a former model, continues to live in the same Carter Road flat in Bandra.

Under the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act, 2005, a victim can claim her right to reside in the shared household “whether or not she has any right, title or beneficial interest in the same” and cannot be evicted. Under Section 20 of the act, a magistrate can grant monetary relief, which could include either a lump sum amount or monthly maintenance.

Rhea and Leander have been fighting a legal battle for the custody of their eight-year-old daughter Aiyana. On May 9, Rhea had lodged a police complaint accusing Leander and his father of preventing her and Aiyana from entering the Carter Road flat after they had returned from a birthday party.

Leander, who has filed a “guardianship petition” seeking permanent custody of his daughter, had denied the allegation, saying Rhea was trying to stake claim to the flat and hoping to win sympathy.

“We haven’t yet been served any copy of the case,” the Paes’ counsel, Zulfikar Memon, said. “Once it is served, we will fight the allegations tooth and nail.”