EOW registers FIR against Lilavati’s heads of department
The Economic Offences wing (EOW) has registered an FIR against various heads of departments of the multi-specialty Lilavati Hospital for alleged misuse of Rs 13.67 crore from Trust funds to buy flats for doctors, without obtaining the consent of the Board of Trustees.mumbai Updated: Dec 18, 2010 02:55 IST
The Economic Offences wing (EOW) has registered an FIR against various heads of departments of the multi-specialty Lilavati Hospital for alleged misuse of Rs 13.67 crore from Trust funds to buy flats for doctors, without obtaining the consent of the Board of Trustees. The FIR was registered by the EOW on a complaint filed by a permanent trustee of the hospital, Charu Mehta.
Hearing a petition filed by Prashant Mehta, also a permanent trustee, the Bombay high court had, on November 26, directed the EOW to probe the allegations and file an FIR. The HODs named in the FIR are Dr Narendra Trivedi, chief operating officer, MV Kamat, P Rosario, Dushyant Mehta and Jasmine Mehta. They are facing allegations of withdrawing Rs 13.67 crore from the Trust without obtaining consent of all trustees and ‘forging’ documents to buy 28 flats and 20 car-park slots in Golden Sea Shell Cooperative Housing Society in Bandra.
The Rs 900-crore Lilavati Hospital is embroiled in a bitter family dispute that has witnessed multiple litigations in various courts. In a statement, a spokesperson for the hospital said, “We respect the Bombay high court’s decision. The order has been challenged in the Supreme Court. We have not committed any offence whatsoever. We have been informed by our advocates that the police had conducted a preliminary inquiry on the complaint filed by Charu Mehta and arrived at a conclusion that no cognisable offence was made out against the accused.”
“The dispute is of civil nature and it is unfortunate that professionals managing the Hospital are dragged into disputes between Trustees,” the statement went on to say.