‘Star’s son-in-law has murky past’

Updated on Oct 19, 2007 09:02 AM IST

A day after Telugu superstar Chiranjeevi’s younger daughter, Srija, tied the knot in a filmi way, police says the groom has a criminal past. Read on...

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PTI | By, Hyderabad

A day after Telugu superstar Chiranjeevi’s younger daughter tied the knot in a filmi way, police says the groom has a criminal past.

Sirish Bharadwaj (22), who married Srija (19) at a ceremony in a Arya Samaj temple here on Wednesday, was involved in the kidnapping of a girl five years ago, said police official Venkata Ratnam.

Sirish was arrested on March 30, 2002, and subsequently released on bail, Ratnam said. The case, registered on the basis of a complaint filed by the girl’s father, was then treated as a juvenile offence as Sirish was still a minor.

The case came to light in the wake of the flutter created by the wedding. Srija, a CA student, defied her family’s wishes and walked out of her home to marry boyfriend Bharadwaj, a final year engineering student, with whom she has been in love for four years.

Soon after, Srija alleged that her family had confined her in a room for two months before she managed to escape. The couple had sought police protection, fearing threat to their lives from the actor’s family.

The groom’s father Venkata Ramana Murthy, an advocate, admitted his son was involved in a kidnap case five years ago.

He made it clear that he disapproved of the marriage and had told his son not to go ahead with his plans.

Murthy claimed that he had no idea of his son’s whereabouts and added that he came to know of the marriage from one of his friends.

“We need protection as we fear being attacked by Chiranjeevi’s fans,” he said. Murthy’s wife is related to the wife of senior Congress MLA P Janardhan Reddy.

Chiranjeevi is said to be in a state of shock ever since he learnt of his daughter’s marriage. “We were in love for the past four years. I am happy to get married,” Srija had said.

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