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Palanpur court directs cops to register FIR in Rs 45-crore Lilavati Trust loot case

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  • Valuables worth Rs 45 crore belonging to Lilavati trust had been stolen from a safe vault in Palanpur in 2019

 Ahmedabad: A magisterial court in Palanpur in Banaskantha district of Gujarat has directed the police to register an FIR in connection to the loot of diamonds, jewellery and other valuables worth Rs 45 crore from a safe vault in Lilavati Hospital in Palanpur in 2019.

Prashant Mehta, the de facto trustee of Lilavati Kirtilal Mehta Medical Trust, which owns and runs the Lilavati Hospital in Mumbai and Palanpur in Gujarat, had approached the court after the Palanpur police failed to register an FIR in connection to the loot.

In an order dated October 27, Payal Goswami, second judicial magistrate first class, Palanpur, came down heavily on the Palanpur police and directed the Palanpur City East Police Station to register an FIR under section 156 (3) of the Criminal Procedure Code based on Mehta’s complaint.

The magistrate also directed police to follow the guidelines issued by the Supreme Court in Lalita Kumari versus Government of Uttar Pradesh in writ petition (criminal) No. 68/2008 and to carry out the appropriate investigations in connection to the FIR.

“We are pleased that the court has directed the Palanpur police to register an FIR. We now hope that the police will conduct a fair and neutral investigation and bring the culprits to book,” Mehta said.

As per the case details, ‘unlawful trustees’ of Lilavati Kirtilal Mehta Medical Trust, viz. Rashmi Mehta, Chetan Mehta, Prabodh Mehta, Bhavin Mehta, Ayushman Mehta, Rekha Sheth, Nanik Rupani, Dilip Shanghvi, Laxminaryanan and others, in connivance with one another, had allegedly carried out the loot of goods worth Rs 45 crore, including diamonds, jewellery, silverware, fancy diamonds and other items from the collection of Maharaja of Baroda from a safe vault in the basement of Mani Bhavan which houses the Lilavati Hospital in Palanpur.

The valuables, which may be worth even more because of their antique value, belong to the Lilavati Kirtilal Mehta Medical Trust and were kept in safe custody and meant to be used to expand the Lilavati Hospital in Palanpur at an appropriate time.

Mehta claimed he had approached the Palanpur police after learning about the loot in September. However, instead of registering an FIR, the police reportedly registered a preliminary inquiry and sent officers to Mumbai. They recovered some of the looted valuables from the possession of the unlawful trustees. But, instead of registering an FIR, the cops allegedly returned the valuables to the accused persons and returned to Palanpur.

According to Mehta, the police refused to register an FIR despite all the incriminating evidence against the unlawful trustees, following which he knocked the judiciary’s doors.

 

 

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