Apart from her ill-health, yesteryear actress Sadhana was weighed down by the litigation — both cases filed by her and against her — that she was involved in, which required her to attend court every once in a while in the last few years . Last week, while talking to her lawyer Ameet Mehta, she had reportedly mentioned her unhappiness at having to attend court at this age.
The actress passed away in a Mumbai hospital Friday.
According to Mehta, there were three primary cases involving the late actress. The first case was the one filed against her by the landlord of the Santacruz building where she resided.
The second matter involved a criminal case filed by Sadhana at the Santacruz police station in 2010, alleging harassment against the landlord, Yusuf Lakdawala. Following the complaint, Lakdawala was arrested but released on bail.
The third was a defamation case Lakdawala filed soon after his release. He had approached the Bandra metropolitan magistrate’s court and filed a criminal defamation complaint against her, claiming that he was falsely implicated in the case.
Mehta said that there was a court date last week in the defamation case, which the actress could not attend due to her poor health.
“She told me that all these legal matters were stressing her out along with her ill health and advanced age,” Mehta told The Indian Express. He added that trials in all three cases were at different stages of litigation.
The bungalow Sadhana lived in, Mehta said, was currently owned by a realty group. The property was earlier owned by veteran singer Asha Bhosle.
In 2012, Bhosle too had filed a written complaint against Sadhana at the Santacruz police station, accusing her of encroaching on a garden at the bungalow. Bhosle had asked for an FIR to be registered in the matter.
While Sadhana resided on the ground floor, builder Yusuf Lakdawala earlier resided on the second floor whereas actress Baby Naaz lived on the first floor of the two-storey bungalow at Santacruz.