Mumbai, April 08: Finally there is some good news for actor Sanjay Duatt and Manyata. A Mumbai Sessions Court on Wednesday has dismissed the appeal filed by Meraj, who is Manyata’s ex-husband, asking for take Sanjay-Manyata’s marriage as illegal.
Meraj had been claiming that he was Manyata’s husband at the time she married Sanjay.
The Sessions Court overruled the previous order by a lower court that had cancelled the couple’s marriage on grounds that Manyata had not obtained a divorce from her first husband --Meeraj-ur-Rehman. Due to which she cannot marry Sanjay Dutt.
The Sessions Court has also upheld that Manyata is legally divorced and is free to marry again.
The couple had a court marriage in Goa on Feb 7 2008. Ever since then it has been a constant subject of debate. The marriage ran into a number of legal issues as it was said to be in violation of Muslim Personal Law (MPL).
Being a Muslim by birth, there has been no proof that Manyata converted to Hinduism before marrying Dutt, except for the fact that she had earlier adopted a Hindu name.
In addition these issues, Manyata`s former husband Meeraj-ur-Rehman had also moved a petition in a Bandra Magistrate`s court stating that his marriage to Manyata was still very much valid under the law.
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