The ongoing family feud for control of Lilavati Hospital in Bandra, got murkier on Wednesday with the managing trustee, Niket Mehta, accusing the Mumbai police of baised investigation into the allegedly murderous attack on him last month.
Fifteen men attacked Niket on July 23 on the hospital premises. He had filed an FIR, alleging that his cousin Chetan Mehta had sent the men. “The police have not questioned the accused who were arrested after the attack to unearth the motive nor have they spoken to the eyewitnesses. I am dissatisfied with the police investigation which is titled in favour of Chetan Mehta and other accused persons,” said Niket at a press conference.
He said he would like Mumbai police commissioner Sanjeev Dayal to look into the matter.
Mehta’s cousin, Rajeev, has filed an application in the high court seeking cancellation of the partial relief granted to Chetan Mehta for the assault on Chetan.
The sessions court had directed the police to give 72 hours notice to Chetan in case of his arrest for allegedly assaulting Niket. After Niket called a press conference, Chetan issued a press note saying that Niket was no longer a trustee. “Please note that neither is Mr. Niket Mehta authorised to issue such invitations nor are there any undisclosed facts as alleged by him,” read the note.
Chetan Mehta rubbished Niket’s allegations, terming them “false, baseless and malicious.”
Senior police inspector Prakash George of Bandra police station said, “We are trying to find out if Chetan Mehta was involved in the case. So far we have not found any evidence against him.”
George added that another trustee had recently approached the court seeking that the case be transferred to some other police station. However, the appeal was quashed by the court.
Niket claimed that trouble had started brewing when the high court on July 21 dismissed a petition filed by Prabodh Mehta, another trustee, without giving the relief sought by him to cover a criminal conviction. Niket dismissed Prabodh’s trusteeship and dissolved the sub-committee, which runs the day-to-day affairs of the hospital, by sacking three other heads of department.
Prabodh and Rashmi Mehta are Niket Mehta’s uncles. The family is fighting a legal battle for control of the Lilavati Kirtilal Mehta Medical Trust that runs the hospital.