In what could spell more trouble for socialite Sheetal Mafatlal, estranged wife of industrialist Atulya Mafatlal, a trading and investment firm has sought CID inquiry against her for allegedly stealing a painting worth Rs 2 crore.
Mangalya Trading and Investment Ltd, which handles the investments of the Mafatlal family, filed a petition in the Bombay High Court late last month seeking a CID inquiry against Sheetal for allegedly stealing the painting from the Mafatlal bungalow.
The petition has been filed by director of the firm, Peter William Joseph. The company, of which Atulya is also a director, looks after investments. It also purchases valuables, antiques and paintings for the Mafatlal family.
According to the petition, the firm had purchased a painting by artist Manjit Bawa from Sakshi Gallery Synergy and Art Foundation for Rs 5,53,700 on March 29, 1997.
It learnt on July 28 this year that the painting was stolen from the Mafatlal bungalow.
The firm enquired with some family members of Mafatlals. It was informed that Sheetal had taken the painting away with the help of some associates on July 11.
The current value of the painting is Rs 2 crore, the petition claims, adding that the firm had on August 2 written a complaint letter to police seeking for FIR to be lodged against Sheetal.
The petition also prayed that the probe be handed over to an impartial agency like the CID. It also sought that the stolen painting be recovered and handed over to the firm.
A division bench of justices V M Kanade and A M Thipsay has posted the matter for hearing on September 14.