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Dharmendra or Dilawar?

Cong complained that the filmstar embraced Islam and was rechristened Dilawar Khan, but has filed his papers in his original name.
PTI | By HT Correspondent, Indore
UPDATED ON APR 18, 2004 08:43 PM IST

Two Congress leaders have filed a complaint in a local court for lodging of a criminal case against film actor and BJP candidate from Bikaner, Dharmendra. They alleged the actor filed his nomination papers in the name of Dharmendra Singh Deol when, in fact, his name was Dilawar Khan.

They said on May 2, 1980 the actor embraced Islam and was rechristened Dilawar Khan to marry Hema Malini (who also embraced Islam and was rechristened Aisha for facilitation of their marriage).

In another complaint to the EC, Akhtar Baig and K.K. Mishra, the Congress leaders, demanded the cancellation of Dharmendra's nomination from the Bikaner Lok Sabha seat and Hema Malini's nomination as a Rajya Sabha member.

The court has fixed April 19 for recording of evidence from the complainants' side.

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