The proceedings in a Metropolitan Magistrate's Court at suburban Bandra were stayed by Justice K U Chandiwal, who issued notice to Anita Advani, the lady who claimed to have looked after the actor in the last few years of his life as a wife would do.
The court was hearing a petition filed by Khanna's actress wife Dimple and actor son-in-law Akshay Kumar challenging the processes started by the magistrate against them and other family members. Twinkle and Rinki, Khanna's daughters, are also in the process of filing similar petitions.
The Magistrate, Dimple argued, should not have entertained the complaint which has made "baseless" charges. She contended that it was "unreasonable" for the Magistrate to even suggest that she and her family go in for a compromise with the complainant in which case he would refer the matter for mediation.
The Magistrate, while hearing Advani's complaint, had earlier last week issued summonses to Dimple, her daughters Twinkle Kumar and Rinki Saran and son-in-law Akshay Kumar asking them to appear in person before the court to answer the allegations, which besides domestic violence includes forging Khanna's will. Akshay Kumar supported Dimple's contention that Advani had no right to claim any share from Khanna's properties which is said to be to the tune of Rs 500 crores.
Advani had in her complaint sought monthly maintenance of Rs 10 lakh from the properties of Khanna and entry into his bungalow where she claimed to have lived with him for several years as "husband and wife" although they never married. Both Dimple and Akshay said when Advani had herself mentioned in the complaint that she had been evicted from 'Ashirwad' a number of times in the past, why did she not file a complaint of domestic violence then.
Their petitions said the will had been duly probated. The duo challenged Advani's claim that she was in a "domestic relationship" with Khanna in a "shared household". They referred to a letter written by Advani to their family two days before Khanna's death in which she had not written anything about such a relationship. "Her letter said that Khanna had only pursued her to be his girlfriend," their petitions said.