In a big relief to Dhanush, Madurai bench of the Madras High Court on Friday dismissed the paternity suit of a couple from Melur who claimed to be actor’s parents.

Last year, an elderly couple, R Kathiresan and his wife K Meenakshi, had claimed that they were the biological parents of actor Dhanush and demanded a monthly maintenance of Rs 65,000 from him. Soon after a judicial court in Melur allowed the proceedings and summoned the actor to appear before the court based on the couple’s petition. However, the actor had moved the Madurai bench of the HC requesting quashing of the proceedings in the lower court, citing lack of evidence in the case.

Dhanush repeatedly denied the couple’s paternity claim, saying the respondents were not even remotely connected to him. He also voiced his suspicion that someone else might be behind the couple’s bid to extract money from him.

The couple had also requested the court to conduct a DNA test on the actor as part of the proceedings. Dhanush, however, refused to take one, citing privacy.