Divorce petition of popular Dhallywood duo Shakib Khan and Apu Biswas came into effect on Monday as none of the actors attended on the final arbitration hearing date set by Dhaka North City Corporation for their mutual understanding within 90 days after getting divorce notice.
DNCC got the copy of divorce notice sent by Shakib Khan appointed lawyer on December 12 and meanwhile set three hearing dates. ‘Since both parties remained absent from hearing, divorce will automatically be effective. Apu Biswas can go to court if she feels aggrieved’, said chief executive officer of DNCC zone 3 Hemayet Hossain.
Both Shakib Khan and Apu Biswas remained absent on the third date of arbitration on the divorce notice held at the office of executive officer of Dhaka North City Corporation’s Zone 3 in Mohakhali on Monday.
Earlier, Apu alone came on the first date of arbitration on January 15, while both of them were absent at the second date of arbitration on February 12.
Shakib Khan’s lawyer Sheikh Sirajul Islam said, ‘The divorce will be effective from today (Monday), as the 90 days have passed since the letter reached both Apu Biswas and the city corporation’.
Shakib Khan will give the dower (mahr) to Apu Biswas and provide means of support or livelihood for his son, added the lawyer.
Shakib Khan sent divorce letter on November 22 to Apu Biswas. In the divorce letter Shakib stated that Apu did not follow the ‘Islamic customs’ neither even followed the ‘duties of an ideal house wife’.
Shakib Khan and Apu Biswas could not be reached for comments.
Even after serving the divorce notice Shakib and Apu appeared together for filming of Panku Jamai in February this year. The duo has so far shared screen in over 70 films.
Apu Biswas disclosed her secret marriage of nine years with Shakib in a TV interview in last April where she said that she had converted from Hinduism to Islam just before their marriage on April 18, 2008 and took the Islamic name Apu Islam Khan.
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