Rahul Mahajan is the son of the late Indian politician, Pramod Mahajan. Rahul Mahajan came into the news when his father was shot by his own brother and struggled for his life for twelve days before succumbing. Television footage showed him comforting his sister and mother and maintaining a stoic demeanour. There were rumours that Mahajan would be inducted into the BJP to follow his father’s footsteps.
However, exactly a month after his father’s death on June 3, 2006, Mahajan was hospitalized after an alleged cocaine overdose. His father’s secretary, Bibek Maitra was also rushed to the hospital but was pronounced Dead on arrival. The two had imbibed a cocktail of drugs along with champagne. Mahajan recovered, but on his discharge from hospital on June 6 2006, he was arrested by the Delhi Police on charges of drug possession and consumption.
The case has become more complex due to the fact that there are several different versions of what happened that night, and the fact that Apollo Hospital, where the two were admitted, said in a press conference that Mahajan’s toxin screens were negative for all known drug types. An independent testing of Mahajan’s blood has yielded different results, with high quantities of opiates detected in his blood sample. Apollo hospital has since changed their answer, saying that traces of barbiturates and opiates were found in his bloodstream. The forensics lab, after examining Mahajan’s gastric lavage, has declared that heroin had been consumed, probably after mistaking it to be cocaine, and the Indian press has compared the incident to the movie Pulp Fiction.
In July 2006, he got engaged to Shweta Singh; someone who he has known for 13 years. They were in flying school together in the US, and also flew for the Indian ariline Jet Airways. This engagement is a little controvertial in its timing, with people wondering why it was so sudden.
Then Rahul got married to Shweta. The wedding was held at Blue Sea, a marriage hall at Worli sea face in central Mumbai near the Mahajan residence. The vedic ceremony started in the morning and the couple were married at an auspicious point of time around 11-30 a.m. `Mangalashtakas' were recited at the beginning of the wedding, family sources said.
The wedding was a simple affair. BJP leader Gopinath Munde, who is the brother-in-law of Pramod Mahajan, groom's mother Rekha Mahajan and sister Poonam received the guests. None from Pravin Mahajan's family attended.
It was a marriage that pulled Rahul Mahajan out of relentless media glare in the cocaine-heroin snorting case and planted him in the carefully crafted picture of marital bliss.
When Rahul married his old sweetheart, Shweta, on August 29 last year, less than a month after he was charged under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, it was almost a desperate attempt to banish all those disturbing images, beginning with his father's violent death in Mumbai in May.
"It was my karmic duty to stand by the man whom I loved during his trials and tribulations,'' Shweta was quoted as saying.
"He's not as bad as he is made out to be. I know Rahul too well to believe all this.''
On Thursday when she filed for divorce in a Gurgaon court, by mutual consent, she was reticent. "This is a case of mutual understanding and it's personal. I would not like to comment,'' she told reporters, outside the courtroom, before dashing out through the backdoor.
This time there was no need for pretending they were together, no occasion for a joint photo op like the one at the airport in the midst of swirling allegations that she had been physically abused. "We want to stay separately. There is no pressure on us.''
These two lines in the mutual divorce petition filed on Thursday before the district and sessions judge by Shweta, who has been staying in Gurgaon since December last year, summed up the story.
Rahul didn't even turn up, sending a representative with a general power of attorney, after his wife had waited for a long time.
When case No. 34, the mutual petition of Rahul and Shweta, which was signed by both, came up, Justice Ramendra Jain adjourned the hearing to January 24 since Rahul wasn't present.
It is also said that the sole reason of Rahul and his wife Shweta’s break-up is Payal. For quite sometime, Rahul and Shweta’s married life was going through a rough weather and Payal’s meddling has further acidified the situation. Her interference has acted like adding fuel on the fire.
Though Payal and Rahul are reluctant to open their mouth, the duo is very often spotted together. According to sources, Payal had thrown a big bash for Rahul at a five-star hotel and both played the role of a perfect host to their guests. Through out the party, they were closely connected.
Rahul and Payal had been friends for six years and Rahul’s ties off with his wife had brought the couple closer and Payal took the desired position.