A Kolkata court on Wednesday declared that actress-politician Nusrat Jahan and her estranged husband Nikhil Jain’s wedding is not legally valid in the country. The ruling comes months after TMC MP Nusrat had released a statement saying her marriage with Nikhil was not valid in India since it was performed according to Turkish law.
A tweet by news agency ANI confirmed the news. “The marriage of actor-politician Nusrat Jahan and Nikhil Jain is ‘not legally valid’, rules a court in Kolkata,” read the tweet.
The court has also allowed separation between Nusrat and Nikhil and said that their marriage isn’t “legally valid” since they got married in Turkey and later, failed to register their inter-faith marriage in India. Nusrat’s wedding was also in question when a BJP leader questioned her declaration in Lok Sabha wherein she declared herself as “legally married”.
Nikhil had filed for an annulment after Nusrat called their marriage invalid in India. He further mentioned that he requested Nusrat to get the marriage registered but she avoided his requests. In a nine-point statement, he also addressed Nusrat allegations of illegally keeping her belongings and mishandling her funds.
Nikhil had said in a statement, “These are legalities, I don’t really want to comment on anything she’s said because the matter is sub judice in court. I have filed a civil suit in Kolkata and I will not comment on it till it is in court. I have filed for an annulment in Kolkata, we have been separated since November last year.”
On June 9 this year, TMC MP Nusrat had released an official statement claiming that the marriage with Nikhil was according to the Turkish law, and hence is not valid in India. She has further alleged that her belongings, like family jewellery and other assets, have been ‘illegally held back’. She also alleged that her ‘funds were mishandled’ from various accounts without her knowledge. Nusrat divided her statement into seven points where she said that her marriage with Nikhil is not legal in the eye of law.
Nusrat and Nikhil tied the knot on June 19, 2019 after dating for a while. She got married in an intimate wedding ceremony in Turkey in the presence of close friends and family members. The couple later hosted a grand wedding reception in Kolkata attended by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and Tollywood celebrities.
The actress recently welcomed her son Yishaan with her partner Yash Dasgupta. While the duo remained tight-lipped about their relationship status, it was confirmed later that Yash is the father of the newborn. Nusrat has earlier described their decision to have a baby together as a “mutual” one.