As Sheetal alleges torture, Mafatlals move court for anticipatory bail
After a spate of domestic violence complaints lodged by Sheetal Mafatlal, the estranged socialite daughter-in-law of the Mafatlals and second wife of Atulya Mafatlal, the family on Thursday sought anticipatory bail from sessions court.
Madhuri Mafatlal and her son Ajay moved the anticipatory bail application (ABA) on the grounds that the claims made by Sheetal are baseless. The plea will be heard on Friday. Sheetal has filed a police complaint against her ailing husband Atulya, mother-in-law Madhuri and brother-in-law Ajay. In her complaint, Sheetal has alleged that she suffered constant harassment, mental and physical cruelty and baseless slander by her husband.
The family relations, which went sour in 2005 over a property issue, got murkier after Sheetal’s 19-year-old stepdaughter Marushka filed a police complaint claiming Sheetal had removed 34 paintings by internationally known artists from the Mafatlal residence while her father was undergoing cancer treatment in London.
However, Sheetal claimed the paintings belonged to her and she was simply transporting them to a company to secure them from moisture. Marushka, who has written several letters to the Gamdevi police station, alleged she felt insecure in the presence of Sheetal and her “male friends” who frequented their plush bungalow on Altamount Road in south Mumbai.
According to Sheetal’s complaint, the family on July 5, had allegedly beaten her up with a cane and abused her. A complaint of cruelty and criminal breach of trust is registered against the family. Madhuri, however, in her bail plea claimed, “I was continuously tortured and harassed by Sheetal.”