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Peddar Rd flat row: 72-yr-old cancer patient to surrender

mumbai Updated: Oct 21, 2010 02:40 IST
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A 72-year-old woman suffering from cancer, who allegedly tried to usurp a flat in Peddar Road, will surrender before the police on Thursday.

The Bombay High Court had rapped the Gamdevi police, as they had not arrested Madhuri Mehta citing her ailment as the reason. On October 18, the high court directed the police to arrest Mehta following a petition filed by her brother-in-law Shashikant Mehta, 76. He had alleged that she had forged documents to grab his flat at Mitra Kunj Society opposite Jaslok Hospital, worth approximately Rs 8 crore.

On Wednesday, Mehta’s advocate informed the court that she would surrender before the police on Thursday. Following the statement, the court posted the hearing in the petition for after she surrenders.

The court had reprimanded the investigating officer for being biased and had directed the assistant commissioner of police (Gamdevi division) to probe the case. The court observed that Mehta's ailment could not be grounds not to arrest her.

According to Shashikant’s petition, he had allowed his brother Manukant and his wife Madhuri to live with him; Manukant passed away in July 2008. In November 2008, Shashikant found out that Madhuri had applied to BEST to get the electric meter changed in her name. Shashikant obtained a copy of Madhuri’s application to the BEST under the Right To Information Act. With her application, Madhuri had attached the society's maintenance bill, which was forged, Shashikant’s petition alleged.

Shashikant had tried to lodge an FIR, but the police refused to register his complaint. He then filed a private complaint with the metropolitan magistrate, who directed the Gamdevi police to inquire into the case. When the police failed to take any action, Shashikant moved the high court.