Faridkot Maharaja's daughters get Rs 20,000 crore relief from court

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    CHANDIGARH: It is a royal bonanza for two daughters of a former maharaja, one they had to wait for over two decades.

    A court here has declared a 32-year-old will "forged" and illegal" and granted inheritance of properties and assets worth a whopping Rs 20,000 crore ($4.4 billion) to the two daughters of the erstwhile Maharaja of Faridkot, Harinder Singh Brar.

    The properties and assets include the palatial Faridkot House on New Delhi's Copernicus Marg, a royal palace complex and a fort in Faridkot, a fort in Mani Majra area of Chandigarh, vintage cars (including a Rolls Royce), an aerodrome in Faridkot spread over 200 acres, properties in Hyderabad and Delhi, gold and jewellery worth nearly Rs.1,000 crore with Standard Chartered Bank in Mumbai and more.

    Real estate experts and accountants put the total worth of the properties and assets at over Rs.20,000 crore. The Mani Majra fort, which is over 350 years old, is not in a very good condition. The erstwhile ruler was allowed to keep these properties after the country's independence in August 1947.

    The legal battle for the assets started in 1992 after the ex-maharaja's daughter Amrit Kaur filed a case in a court here. Following a 21-year-old legal battle, the court of the chief judicial magistrate Rajnish Kumar, ordered Thursday that the 1981 will, purportedly drawn up by the maharaja, was "forged and fabricated".

    With the court judgment, Amrit Kaur and her Kolkata-based sister Deepinder Kaur will inherit the properties and assets of the erstwhile ruler. Their third sister, Maheepinder Kaur, who was not married, died under mysterious circumstances in Shimla in 2001.

    Brar had three daughters and a son, Harmohinder Singh, who died in a road accident in 1981. Following this, Brar went into depression.

    In her suit, Amrit Kaur, who lives in Sector 10 here, alleged that the will was forged by officials and servants of the ex-ruler at a time when he was in depression. The will, which gave all his properties and assets to the Meharwal Khewaji Trust, was registered in 1982. The trust had some of his servants on board, while his two daughters were appointed chairperson and vice chairperson for a mere Rs.1200 and Rs. 1000 per month.

    Following the death of the erstwhile ruler in 1989, the trustees took control of all the properties and assets.

    Amrit Kaur challenged the will, saying that the trust members had forced her father to sign it at a time when he was in depression. She had claimed that he was not in a "fit state of mind" when the will was drawn up. She pointed out that the will had completely excluded his wife, Narinder Kaur, and mother, Mohinder Kaur, who were alive in 1981-82.

    Following the court order declaring the will "illegal and void", the trustees are likely to appeal to a higher court.

    Former maharaja's daughters get Rs 20,000 crore relief from court - The Times of India

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    Re: Faridkot Maharaja's daughters get Rs 20,000 crore relief from cour

    Many more would be sacrificed (on lines of third sister) for gaining complete control of this bonanza.
     
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    Good show.

    Natural descendants should inherit.
     
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    Re: Faridkot Maharaja's daughters get Rs 20,000 crore relief from cour

    if they keep 1000 crores in bank they might get 8% atleast per year, that might be 80 crores p.a
     
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    Re: Faridkot Maharaja's daughters get Rs 20,000 crore relief from cour

    you ask for banks to give their interest rate for 1000 crores then see what happens, you will easily get into over 10%.
     
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    Re: Faridkot Maharaja's daughters get Rs 20,000 crore relief from cour

    And then the taxes?

    I think Kapurthala is an Honarary Colonel of some Regiment; maybe Punjab or Sikh.

    They should open up a Trust for soldiers and their children and that way they will be remembered forever and also avoid taxes that will in anyway be wasted for some silly populist schemes, that will only benefit the Ministers, bureaucrats and petty officials, but not the common man!
     
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    Re: Faridkot Maharaja's daughters get Rs 20,000 crore relief from cour

    Almost all Sikh royal families have served in the army, including the Faridkot house. Maharaja Harinder Singh Brar was commissioned as a Lieutenant and rose to the rank of Colonel. He saw action in Waziristan (as a Lieutenant) and took part in the Burma campaign during WW2. His brother was Colonel Manjit Inder Singh, whose son served as Group Captain in the Indian Air Force. Their father, Maharaja Brij Indar Singh was a Major in the army and saw action during the first world war.

    I do agree with the trust for soldiers, but they did set a good example by continuing on the military culture for the youth to aspire to. Unfortunately, that military culture is fast dying out, as the new "Kake" want to flaunt their wealth by sitting on their asses, rather than enforcing the strength of their bloodline.
     
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    Deepinder Kaur is married into the Bardhaman royal family in Bengal. If the proper inheritance customs were to be followed, the present Maharaja of Faridkot should've gotten those properties. But than again, I guess the times of the Maharajas are long gone.
     
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    Re: Faridkot Maharaja's daughters get Rs 20,000 crore relief from cour

    Nothing will happen. i have full trust in Indian judicial system:p:p

    Following the court order declaring the will "illegal and void", the trustees are likely to appeal to a higher court.

    it might take another 20 to 30 yrs:rofl::rofl::rofl:
     
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    Re: Faridkot Maharaja's daughters get Rs 20,000 crore relief from cour

    There are many cases regarding inheritence among royal families where some members have taken over all of the property citing some pre-independence customs while discounting post-independence amended laws and they have been going on for few decades.
     

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