Faridkot inheritance case: Demand for administrator raised

Kanwar Bharatinder Singh,the nephew of Harinder Singh — erstwhile Maharaja of Faridkot — demanded the appointment of an administrator to look after the Maharawal Khewaji Trust.

Written by Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published: December 7, 2013 1:32 am

In a new twist to the ongoing Faridkot royal inheritance case,counsel for Kanwar Bharatinder Singh,the nephew of Harinder Singh — erstwhile Maharaja of Faridkot — demanded the appointment of an administrator to look after the Maharawal Khewaji Trust.

In his reply to the application moved by the trust seeking permission to withdraw a monthly amount of Rs 50 lakh from the trust accounts,the counsel for the Maharaja’s brother objected and sought the appointment.

“We have opposed the application seeking approval to allow them to withdraw Rs 50 lakh per month. We have brought to the notice of the court that the earlier order,which allowed the trust to withdraw the money,was based on mutual agreement between the contending parties,that is Maharawal Khewaji Trust,Deepinder Kaur and Amrit Kaur. My client,also the party in the case,was not present in court when the order was passed,” said Vivek Bhandari,counsel for Bharatinder Singh.

He said,“We have demanded an administrator be appointed to look after affairs of the trust. The Supreme Court,in the Jaipur royal family case,had appointed an administrator in a similar situation.”

On August 29,Bharatinder Singh moved an application where he claimed to be the heir to the royal property on the basis of ‘Law of Primogeniture’. According to this,it is the right of the first-born son to inherit the family estate. He challenged a local court’s order by which property worth Rs 20,000 crore was given to the Maharaja’s two living daughters.

Amaninder Singh Brar,son of Kunwar Bharatinder Singh,moved the court on his father’s behalf challenging the July 25 order which made the Maharaja’s daughters legal heirs. Amarinder challenged the order on August 29 as according to him,the court had decided the issue of inheritance on the basis of the Hindu Succession Act and not the Law of Primogeniture,which is customarily followed among royal families when issues of inheritance arise.

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