Off late there has been a large amount of media attention on the legal proceedings following Leander Paes filing a guardianship petition requesting custody of his daughter.
Tennis star Leander Paes filed a guardianship petition for permanent custody of his and partner Rhea Pillai’s minor daughter, because he feels Rhea’s “escapades, indiscreet and irresponsible behaviour, lack of personal maternal supervision, volatile temper and self-indulgence create insecurity in the child and is detrimental to a healthy upbringing.”
Mumbai May 12, 2014:
I categorically deny all the allegations and lies made against me by Rhea Pillai. My lawyers and I have
documentary proof to support every single claim in the guardianship petition I have filed.
I hope justice will prevail in the interest of my daughter and would leave the process of investigation to the
Courts of India.
In the meantime I intend to continue with the ATP Tour and participate in the grass court season leading to
Wimbledon and the hard court season leading to the US Open.
Bond between Aiyana and Me: My daughter means the world to me and I cherish the bond we share. It is solely
in the interest of her protection that I have taken the necessary legal steps to seek her custody.
– Leander Paes
Though not legally married, his relationship with Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt’s former wife Rhea, now 48, began in 2003 when they met on a flight from Goa to Mumbai.