Days after tennis ace Leander Paes filed a petition in the family court seeking custody of his and his long-term partner Rhea Pillai’s daughter, Aiyana, Pillai filed a complaint with the Bandra police alleging that Paes had locked her out of her own house.

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Pillai and Aiyana had left their house at The Jacker’s building, Carter Road, for a party in Juhu and when Pillai came back, five men blocked her way, screamed at her and did not allow her to enter her house. She alleged that Paes had done this to lock her out of the house.

Rhea Pillai steps out of the Bandra police station yesterday. Pic/Prashant Waydande
Rhea Pillai steps out of the Bandra police station yesterday. Pic/Prashant Waydande

Speaking to mid-day, Pillai said, “Thank god my daughter was not with me. I had left her at Rani Mukherji’s house and had come home to freshen up. He (Paes) is crossing all limits now.” Adding that this was not the first time something like this had happened, Pillai said, “In March, Paes’ father, his bodyguard and two hackers had broken into my puja room.

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They had taken documents after hacking into my computer and threatened to give them to the media. I had dared them to do so. After the incident, I had filed a complaint with the police on March 20 and Paes’ petition seeking Aiyana’s custody was filed in retalation.”

“They did not let me enter my part of the house. I do not want Leander’s father, who has threatened me in the past, to come stay in the puja room, which Leander is planning to do,” she added. A friend of Pillai, who accompanied her to the police station, said, “If Leander was a concerned father, would he put out information in the media that maligns Aiyana’s mother?

What if Aiyana was to return home to see her mother locked out by her father? Luckily Rhea had left her at Rani’s place and she did not have to see five of Leander’s men screaming at her mother outside her own home. After the incident, Gauri Khan and Avanti Birla reached Pillai’s house to give her moral support.”