Dr. Anahita Pandole is an Indian obstetrician and gynaecologist based in Mumbai. She has a special interest in infertility management, high-risk obstetrics, and endoscopy surgery. Anahita was driving the Mercedes GLC 220 D which crashed on a road divider in Palghar, Maharashtra, killing the Indian-born Irish businessman Cyrus Mistry.
Dr. Anahita Darius Pandole was born in 1967 (age 55 years; as of 2022) in Mumbai, Maharashtra. She pursued an MBBS from Topiwala National Medical College & BYL Nair Charitable Hospital in 1990. Thereafter, she pursued an MD in Obstetrics & Gynaecology from the same college (1994). She also holds a Diplomate of National Board (DNB) degree. Pandole is associated with the Jio Parsi programme and Parsi Panchayat.
Height (approx.): 5′ 5″
Hair Colour: Black
Eye Colour: Black
Anahita Pandole belongs to a Parsi family.
Parents & Siblings
Not much is known about her parents.
Husband & Children
Anahita’s husband, Darius Pandole, heads the Private Equity of JM Financial as managing director and CEO.
After completing her post-graduation, Dr. Anahita began her career as a gynaecologist. She is one of the most renowned gynaecologists in Mumbai and holds an experience of around 32 years. She is a specialist in infertility management, high-risk obstetrics, and endoscopy surgery with an experience of around 25 years. Pandole is associated with many well-known hospitals in Mumbai. In January 2004, she started the Bombay Parsi Panchayet Fertility Project in association with the Bombay Parsi Panchayet. The project’s motive was to control the declining population of the Parsi community by providing fertility treatment to Parsi couples at an economical rate and also providing them access to state-of-the-art medical facilities. She played a critical role in the creation of the idea and formulation of the implementation methodology of the project. In 2013, the Jiyo Parsi scheme was formulated by the government of India to address the issue of the declining population of Parsis in India. Anahita guides the Jiyo Parsi team on several medical issues.
Besides being a doctor, she is also an activist, who raises her voice against various social issues. She actively fought against the hoardings at Marine Lines and after a 17-year-long battle, on 12 July 2019, Anahita successfully got the illegal hoardings removed from the iconic Marine Drive in Mumbai. Apparently, she filed a PIL in the Bombay High Court requesting to pull down the illegal hoardings at Marine Drive after she came to know that several hoardings were erected in the area by indiscriminately chopping or killing trees (by putting acid on the trees which came in the way of the hoardings).
The Fatal Car Crash
On 4 September 2022, Cyrus Mistry, along with his family friends Darius Pandole, Anahita Pandole, and Jahangir Dhinshaw Pandole, was returning to Mumbai after attending the Parsi religious function of Behram Roj in Udwada. They were travelling in Mercedes GLC 220 D which was being driven by Anahita Pandole. The car was overspeeding and when Anahita tried to overtake a vehicle from the left side, she lost control of the car and rammed it into the divider. They were immediately taken to a hospital. While Anahita Pandole and her husband, Darius Pandole, got seriously injured in the accident, their co-passengers Cyrus Mistry and Jahangir Dhinshaw Pandole died. Both, Anahita and her husband were admitted to the intensive care unit of Vapi’s Rainbow Hospital. Later, they were shifted to the Breach Candy Hospital in Mumbai. Both of them suffered multiple fractures.
According to the police,
While analysing the footage captured by CCTV cameras at the Charoti check post, Palghar police found that the car had crossed the check post around 2:21 pm and the accident occurred 20 km ahead (in the direction of Mumbai). The car crash was the result of overspeeding and “error of judgment” by the driver.”
The police added that the passengers sitting in the back seat of the car were killed as they were not wearing seat belts.
She is a visiting doctor at many renowned hospitals in Mumbai including,
- Senior Consultant at Masina Hospital, Mumbai
- Senior Consultant at Jaslok Hospital and Research Centre, Mumbai
- Senior Consultant at Breach Candy Hospital, Mumbai
- Senior Consultant at B.D. Petit Parsee General Hospital, Mumbai
In November 2022, following the fatal road crash of Cyrus Mistry and Jehangir Pandole, the Kasa police filed an FIR against Anahita Pandole for reckless driving. The police booked her under Sections 304A (death due to negligence), 279 (rash driving), 336 (endangering lives), 337 (causing hurt) and 338 (grievous hurt) of the Indian Penal Code and Sections 112 (limits of speed), 183 (driving at excessive speed) and 184 (dangerous driving) of the Motor Vehicles Act, besides Sections 14 (overtaking), 5 (duties of drivers/riders), and 6 (lane traffic) of the Motor Vehicle Driving Regulation.
- Her consultation fee is Rs. 300 per visit.
- The Pandole’s and Mistry’s have been family friends for years. Anahita’s husband, Darius Pandole, is a childhood friend of Cyrus Mistry.