The father-son feud over the Rs 11,000-crore GL Raheja real-estate empire turned more bitter with its founder Gopal Raheja filing a 100-page rejoinder to his son Sandeep’s affidavit, claiming he left their home Raheja Bay “because I could not bear Sandeep and [his wife] Durga’s harassment, intimidation and abuse any longer”.
The group is caught in a legal tangle after Raheja moved a suit before the Bombay high court alleging Sandeep was trying to usurp the family business.
The rejoinder says that Sandeep and his wife Durga excluded Raheja even at home, and that he was “mentally tortured and harassed”. “Except for a get-well card when I was in hospital, Sandeep did not even call to enquire how I was,” Raheja states in his affidavit.
Sandeep in his affidavit had stated that Raheja “lacks lucidity of thought” and has sought to “stall and sabotage” their companies.
Sandeep says that his father himself has stated in the suit that the value of their group was Rs 3,500 crore in 2005, and had risen to Rs 11,000 crore at the time of filing the suit in 2012.
“This is during the period of my management and control of the companies and due to my concerted efforts and dedication towards the business,” Sandeep claims.
Raheja contends it is Sandeep and his wife who are enjoying the benefits of his work and contributions. “I never intended to be nor do I want to be dependent on any of my three children,” his rejoinder states.
The suit, which has spelt out about 55 prayers against over 30 defendants, was heard by the high court earlier following which a single judge orally asked the parties to reach a settlement out of court.