Donít file chargesheet against Mafatlal matriarch: HC to police

The Bombay High Court directed the Mumbai Police on Monday not to file chargesheet against 79-year-old Madhuri Mafatlal and son Ajay Mafatlal seeking the quashing of the harassment complaint filed by her estranged daughter-in-law Sheetal Mafatlal.

The Mafatlal family matriarch had filed a petition seeking the quashing of the complaint filed by Sheetal at the Gamdevi police station.

On July 17, 2011, Sheetal filed three complaints against her husband and Mafatlal Group Chairman Atulya and her in-laws alleging cruel treatment and theft of two of her paintings and her streedhan. Madhuri and Ajay had then obtained anticipatory bail from the court.

On July 30, 2011, Madhuri also filed a complaint against Sheetal alleging domestic violence. In October 2011, the court appointed senior counsel R A Dada as mediator in the case.

In August, HC quashed the complaint against Atulya after arriving at a settlement with Sheetal. On August 7, Atulya tendered a written apology to Sheetal and agreed to let her stay in Mafatlal residence at Altamount Road. However, Madhuri, Ajay and his sister Gayatri Zaveri could not resolve their differences with Sheetal. Hence, the litigation is pending before the court.

Meanwhile, Madhuri had publicly disowned Atulya as her son and legal heir.

Justice A S Oka and Justice S S Shinde asked the police to file a reply in the case by December 11 and directed them not a file a chargesheet in the case without the court's permission.

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