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Dharam is a relaxed man!

The court dismissed the complaint which claimed Dharmendra had furnished false information regarding his name and religion.
PTI | By HT Correspondent, Indore
UPDATED ON APR 28, 2004 08:43 PM IST

A local court in Indore hearing the complaint against film star Dharmendra, BJP candidate from Bikaner, dismissed the complaint on Thursday, twelve days after it was filed.

The First Class Judicial Magistrate Narendra Jain dismissed the complaint on the ground that the complainants had not submitted the copy of Dharmendra's nomination papers as evidence.

Shailendra Dwivedi, the counsel for the complainants Akhtar Baig and KK Mishra, who belong to the Congress party, said he would file a revised petition in the session's court against the decision.

The complaints had claimed that Dharmendra furnished false information regarding his name and religion in the nomination papers.

The court's decision has not only given respite to Dharmendra, who can now focus on his electioneering, but also to the BJP, which would have faced a difficult situation otherwise.

The complainants had alleged in their complaint filed on April 16 that Dharmendra had married Hema Malini after converting to Islam and without giving divorce to his first wife Prakash Kaur.

His name after his conversion happened to be Dilawar Khan while Hema Malini became Ayesha Bi.

But in the nomination papers he concealed the information regarding his new name and religion. Thus, they requested the court, a criminal case against Dharmendra be filed under Section 295, 298, 500 and 420 of IPC.

To corroborate their charges regarding Dharmendra's conversion and his marriage with Hema Malini the complainants submitted purported evidence like the Copy of Nikahnama and newspapers clippings to the court.

Through separate petitions to the Election Commission the complainants urged the EC to cancel Dharmendra's nomination papers from Bikaner seat and Hema Malini's nomination as a Rajya Sabha member on the said ground.

The EC is yet to respond to the complainants regarding their petitions.

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