New Delhi: Trinamool Congress MP and famous Tollywood heroine Nusrat Jahan on Wednesday dropped a bombshell when she claimed that her marriage with businessman Nikhil Jain was not valid. Jahan said their marriage, which took place in Turkey under Turkish Marriage Regulation, was not legal and valid under Indian law so their relationship was more of a live-in arrangement.
Jahan’s remarks came amid speculation about her affair with actor-Assembly poll candidate Yash Dasgupta.
Jain today (Thursday) released a statement and said Jahan’s remarks had left him dismayed and that it had become imperative for him to reveal some facts. Jain said Jahan’s attitude towards marriage and him had started to change within months of their wedding, specifically after August 2020.
The businessman claimed that he wanted to get the marriage registered in India on a number of times but Jahan avoided the same. It was on November 5, 2020, that Jahan left his home, said Jain.
Here is Jain’s full statement:
"Being dismayed with recent allegations against me and my family, regarding my married life it has become imperative for me to disclose some facts:-
1. Out of love, I proposed to marry Nusrat which she gladly accepted and we went for a destination marriage at Bodrum, Turkey in June 2019 followed by a reception at Kolkata.
2. We lived together as husband and wife and introduced ourselves as a married couple in the society. I devoted all my time and resources being a faithful and responsible husband. Friends, family and people close to us know everything what I did for her. My unconditional support for her is unchallenged. However, within a very short period she changed her attitude towards married life with me.
3. Since August 2020 during the shooting of a film, my wife's behaviour started changing towards me, for reasons best known to her.
4. During our stay together I requested her on number of occasions to get the marriage registered but she avoided my requests.
5. On Nov 5, 2020 she left my flat with bag and baggage along with her personal valuables, papers and documents and shifted to her Ballygunge flat and thereafter we never stayed together being husband-and-wife. The rest of her personal belongings along with the documents (IT returns etc) were also sent to her shortly after her shifting.
6. I got disheartened by going through various media reports regarding her outings and felt cheated. Ultimately on March 8, 2021 I was compelled to file a Civil Suit against her in Alipore Judges' Court for annulment of our marriage.
7. Since the matter is pending before a court of law, I refrained from giving any statement about our personal life and even today I am unable to disclose about the discord in details. But her recent statements compelled me to disclose some facts.
8. After marriage, to get her released from the heavy interest burden of a home loan, I had the same liquidated by transferring money from my family accounts to her account, on understanding that she would return the same shortly by installments and as and when the funds are available. Any money-transfer made by her from her account to my family account was repayments of the loan which I gave in good faith. Considerable amount is still due to be paid. The allegations made by her are all baseless and derogatory and devoid of truth. One need not find or create proof, the proof is always there, my bank statements and credit card statements are proof enough. My family has only given with both arms to her in the capacity of a daughter, not knowing, we would see this day.
9. In the circumstances I would request the media to refrain from any type of comments considering the problem regarding personal life and sub judice matter.
June 10, 2021"
Jahan, in a statement, had yesterday claimed, "Since it was an interfaith marriage, it requires validation under Special Marriage Act in India, which did not happen. As per law, it is not a marriage, but a relationship or a live-in relationship."
Reacting to Jain's recent statement in the media that he had asked for a divorce from Jahan, the TMC MP representing West Bengal’s Basirhat constituency in Lok Sabha said, "The question of divorce does not arise due to above-mentioned reasons."
"Our separation happened long back, but I did not speak about it as I intended to keep my private life to myself. Thus, my actions must not be questioned based on 'separation', by the media or anybody I am not related to. The alleged marriage is not legal, valid and tenable; and thus, was not a marriage at all in the eye of law," she alleged.
Jahan and Jain had married in Turkey in 2019. The destination wedding was attended by a select few guests apart from family members.
In fact, after emerging victorious in the 2019 Lok Sabha Elections, Jahan had played host to a grand wedding reception at a five-star hotel in Kolkata. Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had also attended that reception.
Nusrat’s statement yesterday came amid speculations that her marriage was in trouble and that she was pregnant.