The Worli police has launched an enquiry into the multicrore VS Gaitonde art piece, that has allegedly gone missing from Nirlon House.
They received a letter on Sunday that reported it. The letter, written by a businessman, Janak Mathuradas, said that a similar art piece was spotted in New York and has asked the police to investigate if it is the same piece of work taken away from here.
The police, meanwhile, stated that the case seems to be of misappropriation and not of theft and hence a thorough enquiry will be conducted before any criminal proceedings are initiated. The police have sought for the details of the said art work that was in Nirlon House and details of the time till when it was seen hanging on the wall there.
“We will probe these aspects and only after due verification of facts will a case be registered in connection with the incident,” said Virag Parkar, senior inspector at Worli police station.
Sources from the police said that the employees and staffers who came in direct contact with the art work, either for cleaning or other purposes, will be questioned to ascertain the time when it went missing. The police will also seek footage of CCTV cameras in the office, which will give a clear picture of what conspired.
Mathuradas, in his letter, talked about of Poonam Bhagat, on whose suggestion the artwork transactions would be done and that she was being suspected for the Gaitonde piece going missing.
The police said that the piece had gone missing sometime back and that the incident had come to light only now. Hence, any action will be initiated only after detailed investigation and that they had not recorded any statements yet.