Bombay High Court to Paes & Pillai, Resolve your dispute amicably for daughter’s sake


Mumbai : The Bombay High Court on Wednesday urged tennis player Leander Paes and his estranged wife Rhea Pillai to amicably resolve their matrimonial disputes for the sake of their minor daughter. On Monday, Justice Revati Mohite Dere had made efforts at resolving their dispute by having a hearing in the chamber where Pillai had appeared, but Paes hadn't since he was away.

"Ultimately both of you (Paes and Pillai) have to sit across and come up with some kind of solution amicably," said Justice Mohite Dere on Wednesday when the matter came up again and adjourned it to August 22 by which she hoped there would be some positive resolution. "Efforts that are being taken by both the parties so far need to be taken to a logical end at least for the sake of the minor child," the judge said. 

Meanwhile Paes's lawyer said he would show to the tennis player when he returns to India. "Efforts are being taken by both parties. Pillai, who had levelled allegation of harassment against Paes and his father, had moved an application in the family court under sections of the Domestic Violence Act. She had sought directions for not removing her from the house where she claims to be living with Paes for the last few years. She had also sought maintenance from Paes.

Paes too had filed an application in the family court and questioned the 'maintainability' of Pillai's plea, arguing that she was not his 'wife' as both of them had never married. However, after hearing both sides, the family court had rejected Paes's plea following which the tennis star had moved the sessions court. After going through the application, the sessions judge had ruled in favour of Paes saying that "before drawing any conclusions, it is necessary to hear evidence of both sides". Aggrieved by the sessions judge's decision, on Friday, Pillai moved an application in the high court. The court has now posted the matter for further hearing on August 22.