The Madurai bench of the Madras High Court on Friday quashed the maintenance case filed against actor Dhanushby a couple from Melur, Tamil Nadu. Last month, Dhanush appeared before the Madurai bench in connection with an elderly couple’s claim that he is their biological son.
In November last year, the couple, Kathiresan and Meenakshi, had claimed that Dhanush was their son who ran away from a hostel when he was in Class 11 and wanted him to pay a monthly maintenance. They had produced a class 10 certificate to back up their case, which included the identification marks.
A bench headed by Chief Justice G. Chockalingam ordered the government doctors and the registrar of the High Court bench to verify his identification marks. After the authentication process, the judge adjourned the case to March 2 for final hearing.
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. The couple later requested the court to conduct a DNA test on the actor as part of the proceedings. The actor, however, refused to take one citing privacy.
Reportedly, the actor refuted their claim while stating that this was a way to extort money from him. In their petition before the judicial magistrate’s court, the couple – R. Kathiresan (65) and his wife K. Meenakshi’s (53) claimed that the actor was their third son. The couple also sought maintenance of Rs. 65,000 per month from the actor. According to the plea, the actor was a school boy when he ran away to Chennai. The couple could not trace him then but recognised him while watching his movies.
Dhanush had a rough few months over the paternity case and controversial social media posts by singer and RJ Suchitra related to his off-screen life.
However, things seem to be getting better for the actor in his career and personal life. Earlier this month, his directorial debut Pa.Paandi opened to positive reviews and did well at the box office. Work started on his long delayed project, Vada Chennai, a trilogy with director Vetrimaran. Now, he is awaiting the release of VIP 2, which also stars Bollywood actor Kajol and is directed by Soundarya Rajinikanth.
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