Court asks Leander and Rhea to resolve dispute amicably

The Bombay High Court on Wednesday, June 22 asked estranged couple Leander Paes and Rhea Pillai to amicably resolve their matrimonial dispute for the sake of their eight-year-old daughter.

During the mediation proceedings, Justice Revati Mohite Dere met both Leander and Rhea in the chambers and told them, “Ultimately both of you have to sit across and come up with some kind of solution amicably.”

However, when the tennis star’s lawyer submitted his proposal for settlement to Rhea and her lawyer, they rejected it saying it was not acceptable. The former model also handed over her settlement proposal through her lawyer to Leander’s counsel, who said he would show it to his client and respond by August 22.

Rhea had filed a case against Leander and his father in the Family Court for harassment under sections of Domestic Violence Act. She also sought maintenance from Leander. The tennis player too filed an application questioning the ‘maintainability’ of Rhea’s plea and had argued that Rhea was not his ‘wife’ since both of them had never married. The Family Court rejected Leander’s plea following which the tennis star had moved to the session’s court challenging the Family Court’s decision.

After going through the application, the session’s judge had ruled in favour of Leander saying that "before drawing any conclusions it is necessary to hear the evidences of both the sides."

Aggrieved over the sessions court’s decision in the case, Rhea moved an application in the Bombay High Court. The Court has now posted the case for further hearing on August 22, by when Leander will be back in the country. The tennis star is currently away for the Rio Olympics and other tennis tournaments.

Leander and Rhea started living together since 2004 and in 2006, they had a daughter. They separated in 2013 and the same year, Leander filed for the custody of the child.