In a surprise development, Trinamool Congress MP and actress Nushrat Jahan claimed on Wednesday that her marriage to Nikhil Jain was not valid in India and it was only a live-in relationship, adding that their separation happened long back.
Nusrat had reportedly got married to businessman Nikhil Jain in Turkey in 2019. A reception was also held in Kolkata that was attended by celebrities and leading politicians.
Jahan, who is reportedly dating actor-assembly poll candidate Yash Dasgupta in recent times and is pregnant, said in a statement that since her marriage ceremony with Jain had taken place in accordance with Turkish Marriage Regulation, the marriage is invalid here.
"Since it was an interfaith marriage, it requires validation under Special Marriage Act in India, which did not happen. As per law, it is not a marriage, but a relationship or a live-in relationship," she said.
Nusrat was seen flaunting her baby bump in a set of viral pictures shared by Zee News.
For those unversed, she had been cast opposite Yash Dasgupta in Bengali film 'SOS Kolkata', the shooting of which took place in August 2020.
Meanwhile, Jain in his statement said that on November 5 last year, Nusrat left his flat along with her personal belongings and shifted to her Ballygunge flat "and thereafter we never stayed together as husband and wife".
"Since August 2020 during the shooting of a film, my wife’s behaviour started changing towards me, for reasons best known to her. During our stay together I requested her on a number of occasions to get the marriage registered but she avoided my requests," he said.
He also said that he filed a civil suit against Nusrat on March 8 for annulment of their marriage "due to certain developments".
It is noteworthy that Nusrat Jahan, after securing Lok Sabha seat from West Bengal's Basirhat, had taken oath in Parliament calling her name as "Nusrat Jahan Ruhi Jain".