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Dhanush parentage row: Madras high court quashes elderly couple’s case

R Kathiseran and Meenakshi of Madurai had claimed that the Raanjhanaa actor was their runaway son.

Mayur Lookhar

The controversy over the parentage of actor Dhanush has ended after the Madurai bench of the Madras high court admitted the actor’s plea for quashing the parentage claim by an elderly couple from Madurai.

R Kathiseran (65) and Meenakshi (53) had claimed that the actor is their runaway son. After listening to both arguments, Justice PN Prakash of the court’s Madurai bench squashed the couple’s plea stating that their statement was false. The high court had earlier reserved its order on Dhanush’s petition against the couple’s lawsuit in a magisterial court.

The couple had earlier moved the Melur magisterial court claiming the actor to be their son. They claimed Dhanush was their third son and also sought a monthly maintenance of Rs65,000 as they were not in great financial health.

In April, the actor had filed a medical report in response to the court’s directive for medical verification of his identifications marks in wake of the couple’s claim.

On 2 March, the high court had stayed the Melur court’s proceedings. The couple had claimed that the documents filed by Dhanush’s parents — birth certificates and identity marks were fake. The couple also claimed that the identity marks were removed by surgery.

Despite the high court rejecting the couple’s claim, the counsel for Kathiseran and Meenakshi has decided to appeal against the order.

Dhanush has always maintained that his real parents are Kasthuri Raja and Vijayalakshmi.