Friday, April 17, 2015

Will superstar Rajesh Khanna’s live –in-partner get justice?

The recent Supreme Court judgment by the bench of Justice M.Y. Eqbal and Justice Amitava Roy stating that unmarried couple who are living in together will be considered married in the eyes of law has raised an important question that will people like Anita Advani, the live-in partner of Rajesh Khanna, get justice?

It may be noted that soon after separation from his wife, Dimple Kapadia, superstar Rajesh Khanna had been living in relationship with Anita Advani for a period of over one decade.

Anita Advani, the lady, gave her best part of youth to Khanna and most importantly when Khanna was ailing and needed his near and dear ones with him, none were there except Anita Advani, who was round the clock with him. She took care of his medicines and all his comforts.

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But  alas soon after the death of Rajesh Khanna, DimpleKapadia, along with his son-in-law  actor Akshay Kumar forcibly evicted Anita  Advani from Rajesh Khanna’s bungalow Aashirwad, claiming her to nothing but Khanna’s mistress!!!

Later Anita fought a lone battle to seek her right. In 2013 she filled a case under the Domestic Violence Act and demanded she be allowed access to Ashirwad, Rajesh Khanna's bungalow in Bandra, where she claimed to have lived with the actor since 2003.

 Her lawyer correctly said, “Anita has been humiliated and removed from Ashirwad by the family members, which is unfair.” He added, “A woman should not suffer all her life like this. Women should have the right to fight for justice.”

However tragically on April 10, 2015, the Bombay High Court quashed the case observing that the relationship between Advani and Khanna was not in the nature of marriage and that, she cannot seek relief under the Domestic Violence Act.

Thus the big question is like Anita Advani there are several girls who are dumped after few years of live –in-relation.

So isn’t it Supreme Court responsibility to give justice to such girls. And what better way to begin by giving justice to Anita Advani with reference to the recent SC order! 

Salman Khan’s lawyer blames BMC officials as the killer in hit and run case and not Salman Khan!!!

Bollywood actor Salman Khan’s lawyer Shrikant Shivade is using all tricks in the trade to defend his client (Salman Khan) in the notorious 2002 hit and run case.

After his design to prove driver Ashok Singh, as the culprit driving the car turned out  to be a 'stooge and dummy witness', Shrikant Shivade has now came up with a new twist to the hit and run tale.

In his latest claim Shrikant Shivade has indirectly blamed Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) officials for the death of a person in the hit and run case and not Salman Khan!

Trying to mislead the judge Shrikant Shivade stated that the person who died by the car that rammed into a bakery shop in suburban Bandra on September 28, 2002 has not been killed due to Salman Khan’s car running over him but has actually died due to the inefficiency of BMC officials who lifted the car by crane.

He said, “There are incriminating circumstances to suggest that the car dropped on the person who was under it when it was being lifted with the help of a crane that was brought in by police after the accident."

Making his point clear Shrikant Shivade argued, "According to the autopsy report the head, chest, lungs, thorax, larynx, trachea and bronchia of Sharif (the victim killed) were crushed completely thus proving he was crushed to death due to the impact of the car (which weighed 3000kg), falling on him while being lifted by a crane by the BMC officials! Hence it is the fault of BMC officials and not Salman Khan. ”

It may be noted that on September 28, 2002, Salman's vehicle had rammed into the American Express Bakery in Bandra West, Nurulah Mahboob Sharif, died on spot. While Munna Malai Khan, Kalim M. Pathan, Abdullah Rauf Sheikh and Muslim Shaikh sustained injuries.