Chandigarh, Aug. 5 (PTI): Erstwhile Maharaja of Faridkot Harinder Singh Brar’s nephew has decided to challenge a recent court order that granted inheritance of assets worth Rs 20,000 crore to the late ruler’s two daughters.
Kanwar Bharatinder Singh, son of the Maharaja’s younger brother, late Kanwar Manjitinder Singh, has staked claim to the property citing the “Rule of Primogeniture”, according to which property rights are granted to first born son or eldest living male blood relative.
“It has been appearing in the media that the will of the Maharaja of 1982, which a court in Chandigarh has declared as illegal and void, was only being disputed by the daughter Rajkumari Amrit Kaur,” Kanwar Bharatinder Singh’s son Amarinder Singh Brar told reporters today.
“This is incorrect as the will in question is also being disputed by late Kanwar Manjitinder Singh, the Maharaja’s younger brother, now represented by Kanwar Bharatinder Singh, his (Manjitinder’s) son,” Amarinder said, adding that the order will be challenged before a sessions court.
Amarinder said Bharatinder was undergoing treatment at a hospital in Mohali after a knee transplant surgery. “Kanwar Bharatinder Singh will soon file an appeal in exercise of his rights under the Civil Procedure Code,” he said.
Amarinder claimed that the Maharaja had executed another registered will dated May 22, 1952, regarding certain specific properties.
He claimed that this will was undisputed till date and should “automatically” apply after the 1982 will was declared illegal by court.
After a two-decade long battle, the ruler’s two daughters were granted inheritance to his assets that included bank deposits, jewellery and vintage cars.
Amarinder claimed that his late grandfather had also contested the Maharaja’s will of 1982 in March 1992, months before Amrit challenged it in October 1992.
He claimed that Amrit has been specifically excluded in the (1952) will wherein his Highness (the Maharaja) wrote: “This will has been necessitated by the fact that I do not want to leave any property by will in favour of my daughter, Rajkumari Amrit Kaur.”
He said Bharatinder will invoke the Rule of Primogeniture, “preserved by the Article Covenant signed between the Government of India and the Ruler of Faridkot State when the State ceded it territory to India, on May 5, 1948”, to challenge granting inheritance to the late ruler’s two daughters.
The Chandigarh district court had on July 28 declared the will, which had entitled Maharawal Khewaji Trust as the caretaker of the Maharaja’s properties, illegal and void and granted inheritance to Brar’s two daughters — Amrit and Deepinder Kaur.