Leander Paes and his daughter get death threats

The battle between Leander Paes and his estranged live-in partner Rhea Pillai has turned ugly after the ace tennis player lodged a complaint against aspiring cricketer Atul Sharma for threatening him and his daughter Aiyana outside a Bandra courtroom.

Leander has lodged a police complaint against Atul Sharma with the Bandra-Kurla Complex (BKC) police station. He also claimed that Atul has an affair with Pillai.

“Yes, I have filed a police complaint. I fear for my daughter’s life and mine. We will let justice take its course on the complaint,” Paes told mid-day. Sharma, an aspiring cricketer played for Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League for a year.

Leander and Rhea moved to the court last year for the custody of their child. On October 14, Paes went to BKC for the custody hearing. He had submitted evidence in court, proving that Sharma and Pillai had an affair going on.

“As soon as Paes exited the courtroom, he alleged that Sharma stopped him and threatened to kill him and his daughter. The reason, according to Paes, are the documents which allegedly prove the affair,” said a police officer.

“Moments after the court proceedings, Sharma went up to Paes and began abusing him. Sharma ensured that Paes’s lawyers were not around at the time and gave the tennis player the choicest of bad words in English and Hindi. He then threatened to kill Leander and his daughter Aiyana,” said a source.

Paes registered a complaint on Thursday. “A case was registered under sections 506 (2) (criminal intimidation) and 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of the peace) of the Indian Penal Code against Sharma,” added the officer.

Police will now examine footage from CCTV cameras on the court premises. “We will also call Sharma to record his statement, and verify the facts from the other witnesses who saw Sharma threaten Paes,” said Kundalik Nigade, senior inspector at BKC police station.

While Pillai remained unavailable for comment, her lawyer, Mrunalini Deshmukh, said, “My client is not having any illicit relationship with anybody, and we have denied it in the past also. As for the complaint, I have no knowledge of it, so I cannot comment on it.”