The Bombay high court has directed the Mumbai police not to file a charge sheet in an alleged case of dowry harassment lodged against Mafatlal family matriarch Madhuri and her son Ajay.
The judges said until they decide on the petition filed by Madhuri and Ajay, seeking quashing of the case filed by Sheetal Mafatlal no charge sheet should be filed.
Sheetal, estranged wife of Atulya Mafatlal, had filed the case with the Gamdevi police alleging mental and physical harassment. The complaint was lodged against Madhuri, sons Atulya and Ajay, daughters Kunti Shah and Gayatri Jhaveri, and Atulya's children from his first marriage, Varun and Marushka.
In October, the HC appointed a mediator and directed the family to settle their dispute amicably. Sheetal and Atulya, Varun, Marushka and Kunti resolved their dispute. Accordingly, the court quashed the case against them. However, no settlement could be reached between Sheetal and the other family members.
Madhuri and Ajay's petition alleged that Sheetal harassed the family physically and mentally with civil and criminal cases, including one under section 498-A of the Indian Penal Code. They also alleged that the recent tussle, and subsequent public settlement between Sheetal and Atulya, was "part of a larger criminal conspiracy so that other family members of the late Yogindra Mafatlal could be dragged into unwarranted controversies and litigation of criminal law".
Atulya had tendered an unconditional apology for knowingly and unknowingly harassing Sheetal. He had also admitted to Sheetal's right to a suitable residence. She will continue to reside in a separate bedroom in the family house on Altamount Road.
The hearing has been adjourned to December 11.