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Chiru's daughter files dowry case

india Updated: Mar 16, 2011 00:21 IST
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Telugu actor-turned politician Chiranjeevi's youngest daughter on Monday filed a dowry harassment case against her husband and mother-in-law in Hyderabad.

Sirija, 22, alleged that 26-year-old Sirish Bharadwaj and his mother have been exploiting and ill-treating her for some time, demanding Rs 50 lakh.

The two had eloped and married in October 2007. Chiranjeevi was against the match as he belongs to the Kapu caste while Bharadwaj is a Brahmin, and not as wealthy as the film star.

The superstar had cut off ties with his daughter.

But the relationship were reconciled when she gave birth to a daughter two-and-a-half years ago.

Sirija is said to have given several crores of rupees to Bharadwaj when he ventured into the event management business.

In her complaint, Sriija said her husband began harassing her after she started getting close to her father again.

The marital relationship seems to have taken a turn for the worse after last month's Valentine's Day, when Sirija and Bharadwaj reiterated their love for each other in interviews with local television channels.

The police have registered a case against her husband and mother-in-law for subjecting her to cruelty.

The case has been registered under section 498-A of the Indian Penal Code and sections of the Dowry Prohibition Act. Bharadwaj has been questioned, but no arrest has been made yet.

"We have registered a case and are investigating the matter," city police commissioner AK Khan said.

Chiranjeevi, president of the erstwhile Praja Rajyam Party that he floated in 2008, announced its merger with Congress party last month.