Mumbai: The efforts of the Mumbai police to bring painter M.F. Husain before a Hardwar court hit a roadblock on Monday as the title of a house here that was sought to be attached as part of the proceedings was found to be in his son Shafat's name. The case involves alleged insult to religious icons through a work of art.

"The Collectorate has informed us that the property is in his son's name... the title of the property is said to have been changed to Shafat's name some days ago," a police officer said. The property cannot be seized unless it belongs to the accused, and the Mumbai police have written to the Collector to find out if Mr. Husain owned any other property in the city, he said.

The change of title had been ratified at the annual general meeting of the building's owners recently, he said.

Seeking to implement the orders of the Hardwar court, the Mumbai police on Saturday begun attachment proceedings relating to the apartment in Jolly Makers-III in Cuffe Parade.

The court of Special Judicial Magistrate K.S. Shukla ordered the attachment after the 91-year-old artist, who is now abroad, failed to respond to summons to appear before it. The last hearing was on April 13.