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Sending a message to those mothers who had abandoned their children, a 40-year old man has moved the Bombay High Court against his own biological mother and sought a compensation of Rs 1.5 crore from her for abandoning him.
The applicant claims that he was just two years old and her mother refused to accept him as her son in Mumbai. The petitioner, Srikant Sabnis, has rocked the media.
In fact, he claims to have got abandoned in an unknown city. For this reason, he has sought the High Court's intervention and order to direct his mother Aarti Mhaskar and her second husband Uday Mhaskar(Sabnis's step-father) to compensate.
His petition points out that Aarti Mhaskar was earlier married to a person called Deepak Dabnis. They had a child, Srikant Sabnis in 1979 while residing in Pune.
The petitioner claims that the woman was ambitious and wanted to move to Mumbai to work in the film industry. In 1981, she took the child along with her and left for Mumbai.
Soon after she reached Mumbai, a woman abandoned her son in train and left, the petitioner claimed to add that the child was found by a railway officer and sent to the children's home. In 1986, Srikant Sabnis' maternal grandmother succeeded in getting his legal custody.
"The plaintiff, who has already undergone a dreadful life seeking shelter at relatives' place and wandering from fake parents to an observation home, was totally devastated by this unacceptable condition," the plea states.
"The defendants (Aarti and Uday Mhaskar) have disturbed the mental peace of the plaintiff, for which they are bound to compensate the plaintiff," the plea said.
"The plaintiff has undergone a life full of agony, mental trauma, inconvenience, a mystery about his own parents and his existence. The plaintiff was forced to live like a beggar till his grandmother got his custody," it added.
The petition will come up for hearing on January 13 before Justice A K Menon.