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Paternity claim: Madras HC asks Dhanush to appear on Feb 28

Madurai: The Madras High Court On Friday directed actor Dhanush to appear before it on February 28 in connection with a case filed by a couple who claimed he was their son.

Justice G Chokkalingam of the bench here passed the directions on the counter filed by Kathiresan, who claims to be the actor’s father.

When the matter came up for hearing on Friday, the judge directed Dhanush to appear before it in person on February 28 to verify his personal identification (ID) marks.

In his counter, Kathiresan submitted that there was a possibility of disfiguring of the ID marks of the actor, and simply filing it through an affidavit will not prove the petitioner’s case.

He also submitted that the birth certificate filed by the actor was not genuine, and his name and the registration number were not mentioned in it.

In the school transfer certificate, it was mentioned that Dhanush belonged to the Scheduled Caste.

However, film director Kasthuri Raja, who claims to be the actor’s biological father, belonged to Naicker community (BC) from Theni district, Kathiresan claimed.

The family card filed to substantiate that Dhanush belonged to the family of Kasthuri Raja was also manipulated, he alleged.

The petition filed by Dhanush is false and the same could be proved only during the trial by the trial court, he said.Dhanush, the son-in-law of ‘Superstar’ Rajinikanth, had in January last moved this court, seeking quashing of the trial case pending in a lower court in Melur near Madurai, wherein the couple Kathiresan and Meenakshi had claimed to be his real parents and sought a monthly maintenance of Rs 65,000.

PTI