The Sessions Court on Friday accepted the appeal filed against the Magistrate Court’s order by Sheetal Mafatlal, and also directed police not to prosecute her. Mafatlal had filed an appeal after the Magistrate Court in May 2015 had directed the police to file an FIR and prosecute her in the painting theft case.
Her advocate Yusuf Iqbal told mid-day, “The appeal was being heard by the Sessions Court from the last three months, and on Friday the Sessions Court has accepted the police’s summary report and has directed them not to prosecute Mafatlal, thus closing the case.”
In May this year, the Crime Branch had filed an FIR against Mafatlal on the charge of framing three people in a false complaint in the theft of several paintings. The FIR was registered after directions from the Magistrate Court.
The Crime Branch had approached the lower court with a B-Summary report in the painting theft case so as to seek permission for criminal proceedings against Mafatlal for allegedly filing a false complaint and misleading the police. The Magistrate Court then had directed the Crime Branch to prosecute Mafatlal after filing of the B-Summary report.