A few days after Leander Paes approached the family court seeking custody of his daughter, his live-in partner, actor Rhea Pillai, approached the Bandra police on Thursday night alleging the tennis star locked her out of their Bandra home and tried to dispossess her.
A friend of Pillai told HT that Rhea had gone to a Bollywood actor’s niece’s party with her daughter on Thursday evening.
While her daughter stayed back, Rhea returned to the couple’s Carter Road home around 7.30pm. ”There were five goons who didn’t let Rhea in. After she called the police helpline, a policewoman arrived 45 minutes later, after which the men let her in. She saw Leander had packed all her belongings and was preparing to throw her out,” alleged her friend.
Rhea said Leander had made a similar attempt a month ago. “He had entered my side of the house, hacked my computer, stolen my money, jewellery and paperwork,” she told HT.
Zulfikar Memon of MZM Legal which is representing Leander released a statement on late Thursday saying, “This is Leander’s home. Leander had instructed his staff to prepare the guest room where his parents normally stay, for their arrival, where Rhea had placed some of her artefacts.
This police complaint seems like a bid on Rhea’s part to gain sympathy, create controversy and stop Leander’s parents from staying. This is not the room Rhea has been using as a bedroom.”
Bandra police has recorded Rhea’s statement and would register an FIR or a non-cognisable complaint as per their findings.