The magistrate of Melur Judicial Magistrate Court has directed Tollywood star Dhanush to appear before the court on January 12 following a petition filed questioning his parentage.

An elderly couple – R. Katharesan (60) and K .Meenakshi (55) residents of Manampatti village, Melur Taluk have filed an appeal in the court claiming that the actor is their son and was born on November 7, 1985. They have also alleged that they had named him ‘Kaliselvan’.

The couple claim that Dhanush is their elder child and they have a daughter too named Dhanapackiam. The couple also produced a birth certificate and childhood photographs supposedly of Dhanush before magistrate to substantiate their allegations.

Katharesan is a retired private bus conductor. In his appeal he has said that his son had studied upto class 10 in RC Middle School and Boys Government Higher Secondary School in Melur. When they admitted him to class 11 in Arumugam Pillai Seethaiammal HSS at Thirpuathur in Sivaganga district in 2002, he escaped from the school within a month to Chennai to pursue a career in acting. He also changed his name to Dhanush K Raja.

The petitioner alleged that Dhanush was under the custody of Kasthuri Raja. The couple sought the court to direct him to pay a monthly maintenance of Rs 65,000 per month.