Mumbai court upholds Sanju-Manyata marriage

MUMBAI: A Mumbai court on May 28 ruled that Sanjay Dutt’s marriage to Manyata was legal, prompting the Bollywood star to say that he was “extremely relieved”. The sessions court overruled a lower court’s order that the marriage had to be annulled because Manyata had not obtained a divorce from her previous husband.

Hearing a case filed by Manyata, the sessions court said the order passed by the Bandra metropolitan magistrate was not valid as she had been legally divorced from her first husband Mehraj-ul-Rehman.

Mehraj-ul-Rehman on February 15 petitioned the Bandra metropolitan magistrate that he married Manyata in 2003 and their marriage is still valid as he had not divorced her yet.

On appeal from Manyata, the sessions court upheld her contention that her marriage to Mehraj was dissolved as she had divorced him through khula. After the judgement, Sanjay Dutt said, “I’m extremely relieved by the court verdict.”