Mumbai's Seven Hills Hospital treats only celebrities, not the poor, HC told

Aug 07, 2013, 19:56 IST | PTI

Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai today told Bombay High Court that the hospital run by Seven Hills Healthcare (SHHPL) was interested in treating celebrities, but did not fulfill contractual obligation of reserving 20 per cent beds for the poor.

Corporation lawyer Ashutosh Kumbhkoni also said that MCGM did not mind that the hospital treated celebrities such as Amitabh Bachchan, but it must fulfill the terms on which it got the land free of cost. 

The division bench of Chief Justice Mohit Shah and Justice M S Sanklecha was hearing a petition filed by SHHPL challenging notice issued by the civic body, asking it to vacate the seven-acre plot allotted to it in suburban Marol, for violation of conditions of `No objection Certificate'.

Advocate Kumbhkoni said the hospital got a huge plot of land free of cost, and one of the conditions was that it would provide 20 per cent of the beds to the poor. So far it had not provided a single bed in this way.

Adjourning the hearing to August 14, the court asked MCGM to state what was the minimum requirement for grant of occupation certificate to the hospital building.

Advocate Rajni Iyer, hospital lawyer, said it had some expansion plans for near future but the civic body was not granting the Occupation Certificate and the NOC.

Earlier, court had appointed Justice (retd) F I Rebello, as a mediator in the dispute, but no solution emerged.

The hospital had offered to construct a separate wing with 300 beds and hand it over to the corporation.

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