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Aamir denied custody, brother thanks God

Mumbai, Oct. 31: A court today denied Aamir Khan the custody of his younger brother Faisal, who has been undergoing treatment for an alleged psychological disorder.

The Bandra metropolitan court ordered that Faisal’s custody be given to their father, Tahir Hussain.

Faisal, who has already spent about a fortnight in JJ Hospital’s psychiatric ward, had been produced before the court on October 16 after his mother, who stays with Aamir, filed a “missing persons” complaint with police.

Today, however, Faisal accused the doctors of “confusing the court and being biased against him” but much of his resentment was directed at Aamir. “I am happy with the court’s decision. This shows that God has taken the side of truth. Who is Aamir to take care of me'” Faisal told reporters after stepping out of the court.

Aamir also attended the hearing but drove off after the proceedings were over. Later, he issued a statement saying he had been looking after Faisal for the past two-and-a-half years to the best of his ability and on doctors’ advice.

“I have always wanted the best for my brother and care for him deeply. The head of the department of psychiatry at JJ Hospital has concluded that Faisal is ill and needs to be in the custodial care of a responsible family member. I expressed to the court that I would like to take on that responsibility along with the support of my mother and sisters. The court has granted custody to my father and I respect the order,” he said.

The order said Tahir has been given custody for a month, during which Faisal will have to report to Khar police station every alternate day. If his behaviour is found to be abnormal, he would be taken into police custody. The court will take a decision on the final custody after reviewing his condition during this period.

In his affidavit filed to secure Faisal’s custody, Aamir alleged that his father had lied to the court about his age — possibly to suggest he was capable of taking care of his son — and also that he was on the verge of bankruptcy.

In the court, Aamir spoke of his father’s debts and claimed he had put in a public notice in film journals a few years back warning people not to offer Tahir financial help on the basis of his (the actor’s) goodwill. The house Tahir was living in was mortgaged to a private company, Aamir said in his affidavit.

Tahir denied the allegations today. “I am capable of providing for my son. Aamir need not worry on this count.”

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