Daughter dupes comatose mother of Rs1 lakh

The Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate's Court has issued summons to 51-year-old Shailaja Dua after she forged her mother's signature and polished off several accounts 

Senior citizens have to contend with fake cops, chain snatchers, house break-ins -- and sometimes their own children. The Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate's Court at Bandra on Friday issued summons to a 51-year-old woman and her husband for withdrawing money from her comatose mother's bank accounts. In 2010, the woman allegedly forged her 84-year-old mother's signature and cleaned out several of her accounts, while she was hospitalised after a fall at her home.

Court documents accessed by MiD DAY reveal how the woman, Mahim-based Shailaja Dua callously misappropriated money from the bank accounts of her mother, Kumudini Dhume, a former teacher at a well-known Dadar school. The complaint was filed by Dhume's US-based granddaughter Mayura through her attorney.

On December 28, 2010, after Dhume, who lived in Bafna Apartments at Mahim, failed to respond to the doorbell, locals called her daughter Dua, who lived nearby. The door was broken down and Dhume was rushed to Pikale Nursing Home, where she was admitted to the intensive care unit till January 3, 2011. Throughout her hospitalisation period, she was unconscious and on life support.

Bank records reveal that from December 29 to 31, 2010, Dua had withdrawn a total of Rs 56,000 by forging her mother's signatures on cheques.

On December 30, Dua along with her husband Madan Dua visited the Bhavani Shankar Road Post Office, where Dhume had a Monthly Income Scheme Term Deposit of Rs 45,000 and encashed this as well. Usually a depositor or a messenger has to sign the receipt after collecting the money. In this case, though Dua came as a messenger, she chose to forge her mother's signature. Dhume finally breathed her last on January 3, 2010.

A cop from the Mahim police station, on the condition of anonymity, confirmed that he had received the summons, though they had not yet been served upon the accused. Dua along with her husband will now have to remain present in the Bandra Court on May 7 to face charges of misappropriation of property and criminal breach of trust.

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