With the Seven Hills Hospital and the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) unable to resolve their disputes,the Bombay High Court has now appointed a former High Court judge as a mediator in the matter.
Justice (Retd) V P Tipnis has been appointed to mediate in the case and help both sides arrive at an amicable agreement.
The hospital is engaged in a dispute over providing free medicines and consumables to 20 per cent of its patients as per an agreement with the BMC.
The management of the hospital,the Seven Hills Healthcare Private Ltd,approached the High Court after the civic body issued a notice asking it to vacate its seven-acre premises in Andheri (East).
In a hearing of the case in November,the court had asked the corporation to grant an NOC to the hospital to mortgage its buildings in order to avail itself of additional loans.
However,the hospital had later told the court that the NOC had imposed severe conditions,which according to them,have been continued in a fresh NOC issued to them. This had drawn the ire of the court,which said the BMC was inviting contempt of court by imposing such conditions.