BPP chief Dinshaw Mehta threatens complaining trustees with Rs50cr defamation

Days after dna reported that Yazdi Desai, Khojeste Mistree, Jimmy Mistry and Arnavaz Mistry the  trustees of the Bombay Parsi Punchayet (BPP) had filed a complaint against trust chairman Dinshaw Mehta, the latter has sent legal notice to them.

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Published in DNA India

The notice dated November 15, has been sent to   Mistree, Desai and Desai’s wife Anahita, who Mehta accuses of circulating the news report about the complaint. The notice has not been sent to Jimmy and Arnavaz, who were signatories to the police complaint.

Mehta demands an apology and withdrawal of the complaint, else he threatens of filing a Rs50-crore defamation charges. Why didn’t Mehta send the notice to the other two trustees? He said, “They were forced to file the complainant. They were given the choice of being either complainants or be co-accused.”

On November 13, the four had filed a complaint with the joint commissioner of police against Mehta for misappropriation of funds, cheating and criminal breach of trust. They had alleged that Rs45 lakh went unaccounted for after a BPP property changed their tenancy rights.

Mistree said, “It (defamation notice) is totally inapplicable. If I find that a financial impropriety has taken place, as a trustee, it is my duty to get to the bottom of the problem. There is no defamation case in that. Anahita hasn’t even filed a complaint. I suppose, he thinks we will give in to his threats, but that’s not the case.”

“This is a joke, because then every accused will file for defamation. Mehta is resorting to such threats to intimidate us. We will give a fitting response,” said Desai.

  • laldo

    Mehta’s family our very powerful with political clouts, if he is removed from BBP which is very unlikely since he is already grooming his 2 sons for the next elections will be uphill task for the trustees.
    Rather than police complaint trustees shud raid through IT Dept., Sales Tax dept. & seal all his accounts to prove him wrong.

  • Teлeц

    The BPP Chairman should sue them for insult, not for defamation.
    His extremely wily, and is no fool.
    He knows the right way of doing the wrong things, and would have covered his tracks very well.

  • Teлeц

    Are there no Persian Zoroastrians worthy of the office of Trustee of the Bombay Zoroastrian Council?
    Out of 7 Trustees, only 1 has a Persian Zoroastrian identity – Tirandaz.
    The remaining 5 Trustees : 3 Mistrys + 1 Desai + 1 Mehta are Gujaratis.
    The Bombay Zoroastrian Council has been hijacked by Gujaratis.
    Naturally they try to impose their Gujarati ethics (or lack of them) on the Bombay Zoroastrian Council.
    The Zoroastrian community in India needs to be purged of Gujaratis.
    Gujaratis like Kotwal and Meherjirana have anointed themselves as high priests. Gujaratis have taken over the BPP. Gujarati language, customs, traditions and religious practices are being forced down people’s throats.