- The Supreme Court rejects a 30-year-old case
- The case was related to the property of the Maharaja of Faridkot.
- Daughters win in 20 thousand crores property cases
Faridkot Royal Property Dispute: The Supreme Court has put an end to the 30-year-old property dispute, while it delivered an important judgment on Wednesday. This case is about Maharaj of Faridkot’s property, about 20 crores, for which his daughters fought a legal battle for 30 years. The property includes diamond jewels, forts, palaces and buildings located in many other places. The two sisters have won the case and the decision to give them a larger share of the property has been upheld. A bench of CJI UU Lalit, Justice S Ravinder Bhat and Justice Sudhanshu Dhulia upheld the judgment passed by the High Court with some modifications. Before that, the Supreme Court had reserved its decision on 28 August.
What was the dispute about?
This battle has been fought between the Maharawal Khewaji Trust and the Maharaj’s daughters. The court, while quashing Maharaj’s will, decided to dissolve the Maharawal Khewaji Trust after 33 years. Trust CEO Jagir Singh says, “We are yet to know about the oral decision from the Supreme Court and we have also not received any written order. Earlier in July 2020, the trust had filed a petition in the Supreme Court against the decision of the High Court. After which, in the year 2020, the Supreme Court asked to maintain the status quo and allowed the trust to be monitored. In 2013, the Chandigarh District Court had ruled in favor of Maharaj’s two daughters Amrit Kaur and Deepinder Kaur. After which the case first reached the High Court and then the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court has said during the hearing that it sees appears that the people of the trust are conspiring to get hold of the property and telling false things.
What is this whole story really?
This story starts from the year 1918. When Harinder Singh Brar was made Maharaja at the age of just 3 years after his father’s death. He was the last king of politics. Brar was married to Narinder Kaur, with whom she had three daughters and a son. The daughters’ names are Amrit Kaur, Deepinder Kaur and Mahipinder Kaur. While the son’s name was Tikka Harmohinder Singh. Maharaj’s son was killed in a road accident in 1981. After which he went into depression. Seven to eight months after this his will was drawn up.
Not even the wife and mother know about the trust
A trust was formed to look after Maharaj’s property. Which was not even known to his wife and mother. Deepinder Kaur and Mahipinder Kaur were made Chairman and Vice-Chairman of the Trust. At the same time, it is stated in the will that since Maharaj’s eldest daughter Amrit Kaur has married against his will, he will be thrown out of the property for that reason. The will came to light when Maharaj died in 1989.
a daughter also died
Maharaj’s daughter Mahipinder Kaur died in Shimla under suspicious circumstances. At the same time, Amrit Kaur filed a case in the local court in 1992. He said that since he is a joint Hindu family, he is also entitled to the property. Whereas his father had given the entire property to the trust in his will. Amrit Kaur had raised questions about the will.
Where are the attributes of the Maharaja?
After the independence of the country, Maharaj got property worth 20 thousand crores which includes movable and immovable property. Their buildings and lands are in Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Delhi, Haryana and Chandigarh. There is a palace in Faridkot which is spread over 14 acres. It was built in 1885. Part of it now runs a 150-bed charity hospital. Besides this there is Qila Mubarak in Faridkot which was built in 1775. It was built by Raja Hamir Singh which is spread over 10 acres. The only remaining building was built in the year 1890.
Maharaj’s property is Faridkot House in New Delhi. Here, a large piece of land on the Copernicus road is leased by the central government. If monthly rent is Rs 17 lakh. On the other hand if we talk about its price then it was around 1200 crores 9 years ago. Along with this he has Manimajra Fort in Chandigarh and Faridkot House in Shimla. The property includes 1920 model Rolls Royce, 1929 model Graham, 1940 model Bendley, Jaguar, Daimler, Packard, which are in running order. There are also diamonds and precious stones worth one thousand crore rupees in Maharaj’s estate, which have been kept in safe custody at the Standard Chartered Bank of Mumbai.
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