Was Rhea Pillai Leander Paes’ wife or concubine? Bombay HC will decide

Mumbai: The Bombay High Court on Tuesday allowed a revision application moved by socialite Rhea Pillai against the order of a Sessions court. The HC will now decide if Pillai was tennis player Leander Paes’ wife or concubine.

A concubine is a woman who lives with a man but has lower status than his wife.

Interestingly, Paes had since the beginning of this legal battle has maintained that he never married Pillai and that they just lived together as live-in partners.

Pillai’s application was allowed by a single-judge bench presided over by Justice Anant Badar.

Pillai has challenged the order of a Sessions court which had set aside the decision of a Family Court. The Family court had in 2013 held that Pillai was living-in with Paes as his wife at their Bandra residence. She had accused him domestic violence case and hence the case could be heard by the court.

On Tuesday, advocate Rumi Mirza the counsel appearing for Pillai informed the bench there was an open proclamation by Paes that her client was his wife and there are several documents to show Paes had lived-in with Pillai.

Justice Badar admitted the application and said he will set a time frame for the Family Court to dispose the domestic violence case.

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