The Mehta family handling the Lilavati Hospital Trust has brought a new twist in the Enforcement Directorate (ED) vs Kishore Mehta case.
In fresh development, Kishore Mehta family has made open allegations that its extended family misguided Enforcement Directorate officials and had planned Kishore Mehta’s arrest. The family has also made a big allegation that top state and cabinet ministers are involved in this arrest plan. The family is planning to file a defamation case soon.
On November 16, 2014, the Mumbai team of ED had arrested Kishore Mehta who is a promoter and former trustee of Lilavati Hospital in connection with a foreign exchange violation case. Mehta was sent to judicial custody, but later, the local court granted him bail on a personal bond of Rs.2 lakh.
The trustees of the hospital have been divided between camps led by Prabodh Mehta, Charu Mehta and Chetan Mehta, and another team led by Kishore Mehta, Prashant Mehta, Rajiv Mehta and Rajesh Mehta.
Prashant Mehta, son of Kishore Mehta said, “There have been fights and disputes within our family since last 14 years. Now, the situation has reached at a stage, where Prabodh Mehta, Rashmi Mehta, Rekha Sheth and Chetan Mehta – all four had created a bogus case, misguided and misled the ED officials and created a non-bailable warrant (NBW) against my father – Kishore Mehta. The fact remains, it was a bogus case which is already closed.”
“Top state and cabinet ministers are involved in framing and arrest of my father. We would not reveal the names of these politicians at this juncture on advice of our advocates, but we have enough substance against all. We will file a defamation case against all of them,” said Rajiv Mehta, son of Kishore Mehta.
According to the agency, between 1995 and 2002, Mehta’s diamond trading firm exported diamonds worth USD 20 million, but no money was ever remitted to his account. ED had registered a case against him under the (now repealed) Foreign Exchange Regulation Act (FERA) in 2002. Recently, ED got non-bailable warrant against him from the court saying that he was not responding to summons. Mehta was subsequently arrested on court-issued warrant.