Madras HC quashes maintenance case against Dhanush

Madras HC quashes maintenance case against Dhanush

The Madras High Court today allowed the plea of Tamil actor Dhanush for quashing an elderly couple's lawsuit claiming that he was their runaway son and seeking maintenance.

Dhanush even appeared before the Madurai bench to verify his birthmarks in order to prove he is not the son of R Kathiresan and K Meenakshi. They claimed he was born to them in 1985 at the Rajaji Hospital in Madurai and had run away when he was a student of Class 11.

Though Dhanush denied the couple's allegations, the controversial news has been a big worry for the actor as it constantly hit the headlines in leading media outlets. Dhanush had refused a DNA test. No mole or scar was found as claimed by the couple in their evidence. The couple could not trace him then but recognised him while watching his movies.

The couple demanded a maintenance charge of Rs 65,000 per month and claimed that they were poor despite having a rich son.

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Their efforts to meet him in Chennai did not succeed, they said.

Dhanush had approached the Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court to set aside the proceedings in the magistrate's court saying that the case was aimed at extracting money from him.

A medical report was filed last month in response to the court's directive for medical verification of Dhanush's identification marks in the wake of the couple's claim. After the test it was proved that Dhanush did not have any birth marks as indicated by the aged couple and also there is no indication of any of his birth mark being artificially removed.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.

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