Oct 29, 2007

Chiranjeevi Says No Threat To Srija & Sirish

Telugu superstar Chiranjeevi Monday informed the Delhi High Court that there was no threat from him or his family members to his newly-wed daughter and son-in-law who are in the capital under police protection. Advocate Maninder Singh informed the court that he received an email from Chiranjeevi saying his second daughter Srija and her husband Sirish Bhardwaj had nothing to fear from him or his family members.

He produced a copy of the email before Justice S.N. Dhingra as proof. Srija and Sirish got married Oct 17 against the wishes of their parents at an Arya Samaj Mandir in Secunderabad.

The judge extended the period of police protection to the couple for another two weeks and adjourned the matter.

In the petition, filed by advocate Pinky Anand Oct 19, Srija had said she apprehended a repeat of the Rizwanur Rahman case and had fled from her home in Andhra Pradesh with her husband.

"My life and liberty are in immediate danger," she said.

The petition, which did not mention the couple's local address, said there "was no hope in getting justice in Andhra Pradesh, so the couple approached the court for justice". The couple, however, did not specify the source of threat.

Chiranjeevi was not made a respondent to the petition-Telugu Cinemass.

Following a talk with the couple in the packed courtroom, Justice Dhingra had directed Delhi Police to provide them security after they formally applied for it.