Model Rhea Pillai has demanded Rs 4 lakh as monthly maintenance and protection against dispossession from her matrimonial home in Bandra, by her estranged live-in partner tennis player Leander Paes, over a month after he moved the family court for custody of their minor daughter.
Pillai has sought from Leander a monthly maintenance of Rs 3 lakh for herself and Rs 90,000 for her child who attends one of Mumbai’s most expensive schools. She said that Leander failed to financially support her for the last two years.
The magistrate has fixed June 30 as the date for Leader’s appearance in court for the matter.
Mridula Kadam, Leander’s lawyer said, “We have not been served the complaint copy as yet and will respond to it when we get it.” However, she added that, “It clearly however is a counter blast to the custody petition filed earlier.”
Pillai, said her lawyer Mrinalini Deshmukh, has filed a complaint under the domestic violence law on Saturday evening in a local Bandra court. The complaint is against Paes and her father-in-law.
She made her plea in view of an earlier complaint early in May that she had made to the police against her father-in-law alleging that there was an attempt to prevent her access to the Bandra house in Jackers building on Carter Road. She accused them of ill-treatment during a birthday party at the house.
Her DV complaint seeks court’s orders to restrain Leander and his father from barring her access to the house. She also wants to prevent Leander from getting any unknown people into the house.