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Rhea Pillai demands whopping Rs 1 crore as compensation from Leander Paes

Rhea Pillai’s lawyers have said Leander Paes must pay a sum of Rs 1 crore as damages for domestic violence and being an ‘absentee father’ to their daughter.

tennis Updated: Sep 14, 2017 09:46 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Mumbai
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(File photo) Leander Paes has been termed as an ‘absentee father’ in the plea which had the original suit stating Rs 1 crore as damages sought.(HT Photo)

Former model Rhea Pillai’s lawyers sprang a surprise on Tuesday with a claim that they had erroneously written one zero less in the amount she has sought form tennis ace Leander Paes as compensation for domestic violence.

At the Bandra Magistrate Court, Rhea Pillai’s lawyers Gunjan Mangla and Amna Usman claimed that the former model wants Rs 1 crore as damages and not Rs 10 lakh as mentioned earlier. They admitted leaving out a ‘zero’ when they were filing her court petition on compensation for domestic violence, reported Mid-Day.

The plea, however, had the original suit stating Rs 1 crore as damages sought. Paes has been termed as an ‘absentee father’ by Rhea.

The case of domestic violence against Paes was filed in 2014, but after a long delay, the Supreme Court ordered the Mumbai court in July to decide the matter within the next six months.

Rhea has demanded a one-time payment of Rs 42.37 lakh for those expenses that have already been incurred, and monthly payment of Rs 2.62 lakh to support her and their daughter.

Her list of demands also include a vehicle which their daughter is used to, such as a Toyota Innova, or Toyota Corolla Altis, a Honda City or any car similar to that.

Rhea’s petition said, “Paes failed to cater to any of her needs. It was only shortly before the filing of the custody petition that he suddenly realised his duty towards his daughter, and started making payments for her education. He started paying her school fees only from 2013, whereas she has been attending school since 2010, and all her expenses were borne by Pillai.”

To prove her claim that Paes has failed to provide for their daughter, Rhea cited a few text messages between their daughter and Paes.

The ace tennis player, who attended the court proceedings along with his father Dr. Vece Paes, sought exemption on the grounds saying his mother was not well and had to be hospitalised. Meanwhile, Paes’ lawyer said the petition was not maintainable.

First Published: Sep 13, 2017 17:55 IST