Part of the Mafatlal bungalow at Ahmedabad, Gujarat which has been at the center of controversy recently between the mother and sons and the developer still stands and is not completely razed as claimed by the developer.
According to a report submitted by the court commissioner in the Bombay High Court on Friday the bungalow has not been completely demolished and a part of it still stands. The court had appointed a court commissioner on December 20 to ascertain whether the bungalow is razed or not by M/s Dharmadev Infrastructure which had purchased it in September to construct a five-star hotel.
After perusing the report, the HC stayed further demolition of the bungalow till the matter is decided by the Company Law Board (CLB).
Matriarch Madhuri Mafatlal had approached the HC last week seeking stay on the demolition of the bungalow alleging that the bungalow at Shahi Baug in Ahmedabad was sold without her consent and allegedly by one Peter Vaz, who is not a director of the company. She also alleged that the property was sold at lower rate.
The HC had dismissed her petition on December 18 after VA Thorat, counsel for the developer said that the bungalow had been demolished. Harish Jagtiani, counsel for Madhuri, argued that the developer had misled the court and hence contempt proceedings should be initiated against them.
On Thursday, the court while restraining M/s Dharmadev Infrastructure from further razing the bungalow till the matter is decided by the CLB, asked Madhuri's counsel to file contempt petition against the developer.
Admitting that a mistake was made on their part, Thorat assured the court that they would not carry on with further demolition. "We had relied on the statement of the contractor that the entire bungalow was razed," said Thorat.
The bungalow which is spread over 31 acres is in the name of Mangalya Trading and Investment Company and Madhuri holds approximately 48 per cent equity share in it. The bungalow was sold to M/s Dharmadev Infrastructure which is to develop a five-star hotel. The bungalow is approximately 150 years old and has heritage importance, said Jagtiani.
After Madhuri learnt that the bungalow was sold to M/S Dahrmdev Infrastructure, she approached the CLB for stay. However, as no relief was granted, she filed a petition in the HC. The matter is likely to come up for hearing in the CLB on January 10.