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Madras high court tells Rambha, husband to talk it out

Rambha and Indrakumar, who married in 2010, have been in a custody battle for their two daughters who were born in Canada.

Manigandan KR

The Madras high court has directed actress Rambha to hold talks with her husband Indrakumar.

Rambha, who, at one point in time was among the top actresses of the Tamil and Telugu film industries, stopped acting after her wedding to Indrakumar, a Sri Lankan Tamil in 2010. The couple migrated to Canada soon. They had two daughters and were living peacefully for a while. However, a difference of opinion arose over certain issues and Rambha chose to return to India with the children.

After returning to India, she filed two pleas in a family court in Chennai. While the first one was filed in October last year, the second was filed in December last year. In the first petition, Rambha sought the court's assistance in helping her reunite with her husband. In the second one, filed in December last year, she prayed that she be appointed as the natural guardian of her minor children. She further pleaded that the court order her husband to pay her and her two children a monthly maintenance of Rs2.5 lakh.

Under these circumstances, her husband Indrakumar filed a Habeaus Corpus petition in the Madras high court, saying that as both his daughters had been born in Canada, they were Canadian citizens. He, therefore, prayed to the court to issue orders to Rambha asking her to hand over their custody to him.
He further said that although Rambha had filed a plea in which she had expressed a desire to live with him, she had not turned up for talks aimed at resolving the issue. He claimed that he was in Chennai from 23 December in the hope of meeting his children.

The judges, who heard the case, said that this issue was a family problem and therefore both must talk it over. They also appointed a senior advocate, Javed, to oversee the talks between the two parties. The court also assigned another advocate's residence as the venue for the talks. The judges directed that the decisions arrived at the talks must be submitted to the court on 28 March.