The Bombay High Court on Monday admitted an appeal filed by Twinkle Khanna, daughter of actor Rajesh Khanna, against the order of a single judge asking her to give a copy of the will of the late actor to his live-in partner Anita Advani.
A division bench of Chief Justice Mohit Shah and Justice M S Sonak was hearing Twinkle Khanna’s appeal against Justice R D Dhanuka’s July 30 order allowed Anita Advani to secure a copy of the will.
Anita Advani has claimed to have lived-in with Rajesh Khanna at his iconic bungalow ‘Ashirwad’. The actor’s live-in partner challenged genuineness of the will, contending he was not in a position to sign it as a result of his deteriorating health condition.
Rajesh Khanna had challenged Justice Dhanuka’s order before the bench. The judges on Monday stayed the impugned order of Justice Dhanuka till Twinkle’s appeal is finally heard and disposed of. The matter will come up for hearing in due course. The bench had earlier granted an interim stay on Justice Dhanuka’s order until Monday. The stay, however, has now become permanent till the appeal is disposed of.
Lawyers Janak Dwarkadas and Birendra Saraf argued that Advani, neither being a family member nor a legal heir, had no right to get a copy of the will. They added, Advani’s claim was based on a complaint filed under the Domestic Violence Act and that did not give her the right to secure a copy of Khanna’s will.
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