A division bench of the Bombay high court, presided over by justice AM Khanwilkar, opted out of hearing petitions filed by industrialist Atulya Mafatlal's 20-year-old daughter Marushka, and two of his sisters.
The petitions filed by Marushka, Kunti Shah and Gayatri Jhaveri seeking quashing of complaints lodged against them by Atulya's estranged wife Sheetal will now be heard by another bench of the high court.
The Gamdevi police station had registered three FIRs based on three separate complaints lodged by Sheetal in July and August alleging physical and mentally harassment at the hands of her husband Atulya, his 78-year-old mother Madhuri and some other members of the Mafatlal family at their Altamount Road residence.
Through their petitions, Marushka, Shah and Jhaveri have contended that the allegations levelled against them were vague in nature and no specific incidents had been cited by Sheetal in her complaints.
Sheetal has accused Marushka of confronting her about certain valuable paintings and silverware from the Mafatlal House when she was busy preparing for a trip to London, whereas Atulya's married sisters have been accused of mentally and physically abusing her whenever they came to the Mafatlal residence.
The petitions further state that the complaints have been lodged only as counterblast to those lodged by Marushka about alleged theft of valuable paintings, and the one lodged by Madhuri Mafatlal about purported theft of the silverware.
Atulya's sister seeks nod to travel abroad
The sessions court, on Tuesday, admitted an application filed by Atulya Mafatlal's sister Gayatri Jhaveri seeking permission to travel abroad.
Jhaveri, her sister Kunti and Mafatlal scion Marushka were granted anticipatory bail by the court on September 9 on the condition that she would not leave the country.
"I need to travel to Europe and other a few other places for business," Jhaveri's application stated.