IT TOOK 14 years, lots of counselling and appearances at Lok Adalats to unite two brothers who were locked in a bitter property dispute. The entire family seemed to be in a jubilant mood after the brothers finally reached a compromise during a Lok Adalat Saturday.
The bone of contention between Tarlochan Singh (84) and Attar Singh (73) was a Shop-cum-office (SCO) in Motor Market, Manimajra. Both the brothers worked at Motor Market. While Tarlochan functioned from the SCO 456, his younger brother did the same job of repairing trucks from a rented shop.
The dispute between them arose after Attar realised that the price of the property had increased. He demanded a share in the property and later moved court. Tarlochan, the older brother, said that he had funded the education of his younger brother and helped him start his own workshop for repairing trucks. He said, “I was there for him always. I helped him complete his education, supported and guided him start his workshop. It was disheartening when I came to know that my younger brother has filed a case against me.”
Tarlochan’s son Inderjit Singh said, “Both my father and my uncle were getting old. My uncle had undergone a heart surgery recently. So, we decided that we should let bygones be bygones and resolve the petty disputes.”
A compromise was reached and the court held, “Tarlochan Singh has been given the entire ground floor up to the height of 18 feet whereas Attar Singh has been given first floor, including two constructed rooms and there above. The respondent shall have access to first floor through already constructed staircase on front portion of the disputed property. The same stairs shall also be used by Tarlochan Singh to access two rooms constructed at the height between nine to 18 feet. Actual possession of the first floor above 18 feet has been given to respondent Attar Singh today itself.”