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'Give protection to Chiranjeevi's kin'

The couple allege that they face threats since they married against the wishes of their families.
PTI | By HT Correspondent, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 22, 2007 05:52 PM IST

The Delhi High Court on Monday directed police to provide protection to the newly-wed daughter and son-in-law of Telgu mega star Chiranjeevi after the couple alleged threat to their lives from the bride's family.

The couple alleged that they faced threats since they married against the wishes of their families. "Delhi police would be kept informed by the petitioners (Chiranjeevi's daughter Srija and son-in-law Shirish Bhardwaj) about their residential address in the capital. The police shall give necessary protection so that their lives face no danger," Justice SN Dhingra said.

The couple was present in the courtroom during the hearing. In their petition, they cited the recent case of Rizwanur Rehman and expressed apprehension that Kolkata incident might be replicated on them.

However, Advocate Maninder Singh appearing on behalf of Chiranjeevi's family, refuted the allegations and said the actor had already, in a public statement on the television, blessed his daughter for a happy married life and that there was no threat to the couple from his family.

He further contended that family should be given some time to file the reply. The court then adjourned the matter till October 29 and directed Chiranjeevi to file his reply by then.

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