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Bhopal: Sharmila Tagore ducks questions related to 'enemy property'

bhopal Updated: May 29, 2015 22:00 IST
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Wife of former nawab of Bhopal late Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi, Sharmila Tagore visited the state capital on Friday, but didn't respond to media questions on the controversy related to nawabi property.

In her earlier visits, Sharmila Tagore had assured the people of Bhopal that the controversy related to Rubaat (guest house) in Saudi Arab would be sorted out soon and that she would remain in touch with the city people.

Rubaat, managed by Pataudi's royal trust — Auqaf-e-Shahi — has been unable to buy another guest house till date despite the compensation paid by the Saudi government.

"Saba is looking after the Auqaf-e-Shahi. Only she can answer your questions," replied Sharmila, when asked about the Rubaat issue.

She also avoided questions on ‘enemy property’. The Enemy Property Act was promulgated in the country in 1968 after the Indo-Pakistani war of 1965.

Under the act, the Union government formed the Custodian of Enemy Property that is empowered to appropriate property in India owned by Pakistani nationals.

The custodian department had recently sent a letter to the state government asking it to identify the properties of erstwhile nawab of Bhopal so that they could be declared as the enemy property.

The custodian department believes that the real heirs of erstwhile Bhopal state had gone to Pakistan, therefore their property should be declared as the enemy property.

However, Saif Ali Khan contested the letter in the Jabalpur high court and got a stay in the matter.

Sharmila had come to the city for the promotion of a TV programme.