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Patel brother arrested on battery charge

Published Feb. 24, 2006

Pradip C. Patel, an aspiring downtown redeveloper and brother to local philanthropist Kiran C. Patel, was arrested Thursday after an argument with his adult daughter turned physical, jail records show.

Patel, 54, was booked on a misdemeanor charge of domestic battery, records state. He posted $2,500 bail Thursday afternoon and was released from the Orient Road Jail.

Patel and his daughter Tunvi, 25, got into an argument at 8 a.m. Thursday at Patel's home, 2816 Safe Harbor Drive in Carrollwood, according to an arrest affidavit. Patel grabbed her by her right arm and twisted it, injuring her, the affidavit states. Patel's wife, Naini, witnessed the incident, the affidavit reports.

Sheriff's spokeswoman Debbie Carter said Pradip Patel called authorities. When deputies arrived, his daughter told them her father had twisted her arm, Carter said.

Naini Patel said Thursday afternoon that the family has no comment on the private matter.

Pradip Patel was formerly president of Well Care Florida, a Medicare managed care company owned by his brother until its sale in 2002.

Pradip Patel recently proposed two downtown redevelopment projects.

He paid $3.8-million in 2004 for the site of the former Maas Brothers department store, planning to build condominiums and retail space. But last month he said he is selling it to developer Wood Partners. In September, city officials announced that a group headed by Patel was no longer negotiating to redevelop the old federal courthouse.

Patel and his wife moved to the United States from India in 1976. Before long, relatives joined him in Tampa; among them, Drs. Kiran and Pallavi Patel, who have given generously to local organizations and facilities, including the Dr. Pallavi Patel Performing Arts Conservatory at the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center.

Times staff writer Janet Zink and Times researcher Cathy Wos contributed to this report.