Refusing to believe that the party at the Andheri restaurant was on the occasion of a birthday, the Mazgaon magistrate court on Wednesday observed that the arrested accused, Mohan Tolani, organised such parties every other month.
The fact came to light during the court inquiry of the 11 victims — including the two sisters denied relief on Tuesday by the Bombay high court — who were rescued from Masala Curry restaurant during a raid by ACP Vasant Dhoble on June 5. The social service branch of the Mumbai police had also arrested five persons present at the eatery, including Tolani, who had hosted the party.
Following the inquiry by the probation officer, the magistrate observed, “It appears that most of them [the women] are acquainted with each other as they regularly attended Tolani’s parties.
“No one was able to give a specific occasion for the party. If one sees the background of each victim, it does not appear probable they had any reason to be acquainted with Tolani. Their lifestyles do not match their earnings.”
The magistrate’s order states that according to the report prepared on one of the sisters, Mansi, by the probation officer, Tolani invited her for a family get together, but she did not find his family members in the party. The report also stated that she had taken her sister Vibhuti (names changed to protect victims’ identities) to the party.
The sisters hail from Andhra Pradesh, but had migrated to Delhi. Mansi had come to Mumbai for the treatment of her son, who has autism.
The court further observed that Mansi’s custody was claimed by her mother and she had not produced any document relating to her husband. The court also observed that the earnings of Mansi’s husband and her expenses did not match.
However, the court released her observing that, “Her son, who has autism, needs love, affection and care of his mother. For his welfare, she can be released on undertaking.”
The magistrate released the victims on their and family members assurance that they would take care that the victims do not end up in controversial parties or places in the future.