HC stays or­der on royal prop­erty dis­pute

Hindustan Times (Amritsar) - - Punjab - HT Cor­re­spon­dent let­ter­schd@hin­dus­tan­times.com ■

CHANDIGARH: The Pun­jab and Haryana high court on Tues­day stayed a Chandigarh court or­der on the prop­erty dis­pute be­tween two sis­ters of the Farid­kot royal fam­ily.

As per an Au­gust 2013 or­der of the Chandigarh court, for­mer Farid­kot ma­haraja Harinder Singh Brar’s daugh­ters Am­rit Kaur and her younger sis­ter Deepin­der Kaur were given equal in­her­i­tance of ₹20,000 crore as­sets .

The ap­peal was filed by Deepin­der Kaur and the Khe­waji Trust in July 2013. As per a 1982 will, a trust was cre­ated by the ma­haraja mak­ing Deepin­der chair­per­son. How­ever, the Chandigarh court did not ac­cept this will and gave an equal share of prop­erty to the two sis­ters.

Deepin­der and trust have chal­lenged the find­ings recorded by the lower courts dis­card­ing the June 1, 1982 will on var­i­ous grounds.

“Broadly, the grounds taken in the ap­peal are that there is an­other regis­tered will (dated May 22, 1952) ex­e­cuted by the ma­haraja as per which the el­dest daugh­ter Am­rit Kaur has been ex­cluded,” the pe­ti­tion­ers’ lawyers Chetan Mit­taal and Kunal Mul­wani said.

The 1982 will was dis­carded on friv­o­lous grounds, they said.

Jus­tice Surinder Gupta, who stayed the Chandigarh court or­der, is­sued a no­tice for April 25.

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