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Chand rises, shines for Fiza again

The last word in the Chand-Fiza love story is yet to be heard. Former Haryana deputy chief minister Chander Mohan alias Chand Mohammed on Sunday did another volte-face and returned to Anuradha Bali alias Fiza after having secretly married her illegally and then controversially "divorcing" her, reports Hillary Victor.

chandigarh Updated: Jun 15, 2009 01:34 IST
Hillary Victor
Hillary Victor
Hindustan Times

Chand Mohammed and Fiza are together again.

Son of Haryana’s political stalwart Bhajan Lal, former deputy chief minister in the Haryana government, Chand (45) was earlier Chander Mohan till he converted to Islam last December. All in his bid to wed Fiza (38), lawyer and former additional advocate general, despite being already married.

Fiza too, formerly Anuradha Bali, converted similarly.

Within 40 days of the nikaah on December 18, however, Chand mysteriously disappeared, leading Fiza to lodge a police complaint.

On March 14, Chand called her from London to pronounce talaq three times and thereby annul their marriage.

It was said he had gone back to his first wife and children.

“I uttered the word talaq only twice over the telephone, not thrice as Islamic law requires,” said Chand addressing a press conference on Sunday.

“My marriage to Fiza is still valid.”

“She is my wife and I love her more than ever before,” he added. “I’ve come to her to apologise for the emotional turmoil she had to undergo due to my recent conduct.”

Fiza who first consumed sleeping pills after Chand left her, and had to be rushed to hospital, had later criticized him bitterly and even threatened to contest against him in the next Haryana assembly poll.

But on Sunday, clad in a flaming red kurta, she was all smiles. “I’ve yet to decide whether I’ve forgiven him,” she said. “I’m thinking about it.”

First Published: Jun 14, 2009 19:06 IST