It was an unusual sight at the Madurai bench of the Madras High Court on Tuesday as popular actor Dhanush reached the court with his parents.
Dhanush was in court to fight a petition filed against him by an elderly couple from Melur claiming that he was their son.
The actor was required in court to prove that he did not possess the identification marks that were mentioned in the evidence provided by the complainants who claimed that he was their son.
The couple from Melur, alleged that the actor was their son, and had sent him a legal notice on October 4, 2016, demanding that he provide them maintenance of Rs.65,000 per month. R.Kathiresan (65) and his wife, K Meenakshi (53) said that the actor was actually their elder son, Kalaichelvan and was born to them in 1985 at Rajaji Hospital in Madurai. They alleged that he had run away from home to join films in Chennai when was in class 11.
The complainants had submitted a Transfer certificate issued by the Headmaster of a Melur Government school, where identification marks of the pupil had been mentioned. Dhanush in turn, submitted an affidavit stating that he did not possess the marks which included a mole on the left clavicle bone part and a scar on the left elbow. The court had summoned Dhanush to prove that he did not indeed have these marks and thereby the couple's claim was false.
Last week, Justice G Chockalingam had asked for the actor to be examined for the marks. The Dean of the Rajaji Government Hospital was at the court hall today with his assistants to follow the court's orders. The actor was then reportedly examined in the registrar's office.
Dhanush had arrived at the Court with his father Kasthuri Raja and mother Vijayalakshmi.
The Court further ordered the complainants to submit their birth certificates among other documents. The Rajaji Hospital dean was also directed to submit the results of the examination on March 2, when the Court will hold its next hearing.
The couple has,in the past, claimed that they were burdened with debt and suffering from medical diseases and therefore approached court for maintenance. The legal notice they had sent to the actor came back with a stamp saying 'unclaimed'.