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Shailee Dogra, Hindustan Times
Chandigarh , July 26, 2013
After 23 years of legal battle, at last the daughters of the erstwhile Maharaja of Faridkot, Sir Harinder Singh Brar, will inherit his huge property, as the court ruled that the will entitling a trust as its caretaker was forged. Chief judicial magistrate Rajnish Kumar Sharma on Thursday pronounced the order based on a petition from Amrit Kaur, eldest daughter of Sir Brar, challenging the will.

The ruling declaring the will “forged and fabricated” brings Amrit Kaur and her sister, Deepinder Kaur, the estate and assets worth Rs. 20,000 crore by the Hindu Succession Act.

The court declared that the will forged on June 1, 1982, was “illegal and void”, and with the order, the trust had also become “illegal”.

Of the Maharaja’s three daughters, Amrit Kaur settled in Sector 10, Chandigarh; Deepinder Kaur moved to Kolkata, and Maheepinder Kaur died some years ago in Shimla under mysterious circumstances.

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In 1981, when the will was forged, the ruler was in depression because of the death of Tikka Harmohinder Singh Brar, his only son.

On June 1, 1982, his servants, in connivance with some unscrupulous people and lawyers, executed the will, and the family, including the maharaja’s wife and mother (alive then), remained in the dark.

Executed after about eight months of Tikka’s death, the will raised Meharwal Khewaji Trust and made all the maharaja’s servants and lawyers, besides some other people, trustees.

The younger daughter, Deepinder Kaur, was appointed trust chairman on meagre salary of Rs. 1,200 a month; and Maheepinder Kaur was appointed vice-chairman and given a pay of Rs. 1,000 a month.

The document divested Amrit Kaur of all powers of heiress, stating that she had married against the maharaja’s wishes.

The will came to light in 1989 after the erstwhile ruler’s death. In 1992, Amrit Kaur filed a suit that her father had never made any will and she had remained with him till his death.

Will’s secret
When the will was forged, Raja Harinder Singh was in depression because of the death of his son. The will could only have been created under influence and pressure

The suspicion arose, as the maharaja excluded his wife, Narinder Kaur, and mother, Mohinder Kaur, also; and appointed all employees, irrespective of class and designation, trustees.