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Case against Dharmendra

INDORE, APRIL 18. A case has been filed in a local court here along with a complaint to the Election Commission alleging that the Bollywood actor and BJP Lok Sabha candidate from Bikaner in Rajasthan, Dharmendra, had violated the Hindu Marriage Act and the Shariat by concealing information about "change in name and religion," while marrying Hema Malini, in his nomination papers.

The case was filed by the Madhya Pradesh Congress Committee's minority cell vice-chairman, Akthar Beg, and the Indore city Congress vice-president K. K. Mishra, under various sections of the IPC, including cheating, in the court of First Class Judicial Magistrate Narendra Jain on April 15.

The court has asked the complainants to record their evidence on April 19, advocate Shailendra Dwivedi, who appeared on behalf of the Congress leaders, said.

The complainants have asked the Election Commission to cancel Mr. Dharmendra's nomination on the ground that he hid information about changing his religion and for the alleged violation of provisions of the Hindu Marriage Act and the Shariat.

They claimed that his name was not Dharmendra Singh at present, but "Dilawar Khan" as he had got married on May 2, 1980, by changing his name along with that of Hema R. Chakravorty (Hema Malini) to "Aayesha" as per the Shariat.

The advocate on behalf of the complainants has also sent a show-cause notice to the actor through registered post in this regard.

PTI

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