The Madras high court on Tuesday reserved its order on a plea by Tamil actor Dhanush seeking to quash an elderly couple’s lawsuit before a magisterial court claiming the actor to be his runaway son.
Justice PN Prakash of the Madurai bench of the high court reserved the order on Dhanush’s plea after hearing both sides. The court, however, gave no date to pronounce its judgment.
Earlier, the actor had filed a petition seeking to quash the case filed by R. Kathiresan (65) and K. Meenakshi (53) before a Judicial Magistrate at Melur near here in November, seeking maintenance amount of ₹65,000 a month.
Representing the actor, senior counsel Ramakrishnan Veeraraghavan told the judge that the Supreme Court had, in more than one case, held that DNA test could not be ordered as a matter of course.
At this point, Mr. Justice Prakash interrupted to state: “I will not exercise my discretion on the issue of DNA test because it is beyond my jurisdiction. At the same time, I cannot draw an adverse inference on your refusal to agree for a DNA test… I should also answer the couple’s plea to give them an opportunity to put the actor in the witness box and try him before the lower court.”
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