An aged couple from Malampatti village who lost a November 2016 paternity suit claiming that actor Dhanush was their son, have re-appealed to the police to investigate ID proofs submitted by the actor in the Madurai bench of the Madras High Court.
Kathiresan, and his wife Meenakshi, 54, said Dhanush’s birth certificate, government ID card (Aadhaar) and school leaving certificate were fake.
Kathiresan said the birth certificate has recorded Krisnamoorthy and Vijaylakshmi as Dhanush’s parents and that he was born at the Egmore hospital in Chennai. However Kathiresan claimed that the hospital did not have copies of the records. The couple insisted that they only wanted a monthly retainer from Dhanush as they were very poor.
Dhanush appeared in the case several times and was even subjected to a physical examination by a medical team for birth marks. They gave a negative report, but Kathiresan insisted that the marks had been cosmetically altered.
Dhanush is known as the son of Krishnamoorthy alias Kasthuriraja, a film producer, and is married to film star Rajnikanth’s daughter. He debuted in the 2002 film Thulluvadho Illamai and has since acted in 25 films. He has won several national awards. He also owns a film production company, composes music, does playback and is a director.
Dengue cases on the rise
A Chennai Corporation survey revealed that nearly 10,000 cases of dengue fever have been reported in the western and southern districts of Tamil Nadu in the past few months. State health secretary J Radhakrishnan said dozens of people had died of the fever.
The fever is caused by mosquitoes, which breed in stagnant water, garbage dumps and other unhygienic areas. Its symptoms are high fever, headaches, eye ache, joint pain, nausea and vomiting.
The government has appointed special medical teams to tackle the problem and distributed free medicines. Schools, colleges and public institutions have launched awareness programmes appealing for early treatment. Besides allopathic medicines, herbal cures are also being given in hospitals.
The affected districts have also launched cleaning and fumigating programmes in public areas.
5 of family die in house crash
Five members of a family including three children died when the mud walls of their home collapsed due to heavy rains at Thandekuppam village in Krishnagiri district, about 200km from Chennai.
The victims were sleeping when their hut gave way and buried them in the rubble. The neighbours recovered their bodies.
In another incident, a tailor, his wife and two school-going children were washed away by flash floods while returning from their hometown in Chittoor on their bike at Tiruttani near Chennai. Police were able to recover only three bodies while the tailor’s body is still missing.
In a third incident, two men fell into a trench being dug for a sewage treatment plant that was submerged in heavy rains at Namakkal town.
They were rescued by passersby.
Gangster kills self in Cambodia
Fugitive gangster Sridhar Dhanapalan, a native of coastal Kancheepuram district in Tamil Nadu, committed suicide last week at his home in Cambodia where he had been living since 2013.
Sridhar, 44, was wanted in 43 criminal cases including seven murders and had fled India leaving his wife and three daughters. His son is studying in London. Tamil Nadu police were unable to extradite him despite an Interpol alert and a tab on all his relatives.
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