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Court records evidence on Dharam's marriage

An Indore court recorded evidence in a case against the BJP candidate alleging he converted to Islam to marry a second time without divorcing his first wife.
PTI | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON APR 21, 2004 08:06 PM IST

An Indore court on Monday recorded evidence of complainants in a case relating to Bollywood actor and BJP Lok Sabha nominee Dharmendra's second marriage to actress and Rajya Sabha MP Hema Malini.

The court recorded evidence of complainants against the actor, contesting as BJP candidate from Bikaner parliamentary seat in Rajasthan, "for allegedly marrying Hema Malini by embracing Islam religion".

The next date of hearing has been fixed for April 22.

The evidence was recorded by first class judicial magistrate Narendra Jain.

Two Congress leaders, Akthar Beg and KK Mishra have filed the case here alleging that Dharmendra "hid information about his second marriage with Hema Malini, while filing his nomination papers".

The complainants also alleged that his second marriage to Hema, who is Rajya Sabha MP, was illegal as per the Hindu Marriage Act as he had not divorced his first wife and that his "embracing of Islam" could not justify his second marriage.

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