MP high court extends stay on Enemy Property Act order

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Jabalpur
  • Updated: Jun 15, 2015 21:41 IST

The Madhya Pradesh high court on Monday extended stay on the Custodian of Enemy Property for India's order of February 25, 2015, declaring the property of heir of Nawab of Bhopal-Bollywood actor Saif Ali Khan and his family members-as enemy property.

The high court had earlier granted stay on April 23, 2015, while hearing of a petition filed by Saif Ali Khan challenging the order.

The court granted four more weeks to the Custodian of Enemy Property for India, Mumbai, and others to file their response to the petition.

The respondent, the Custodian of Enemy Property for India, declared the property of Late Nawab of Bhopal Hamidullah Khan as enemy property on findings that his older daughter, princess Abida Sultan, left India in 1950 and migrated to Pakistan.

The princess had migrated to Pakistan while the Nawab of Bhopal was still alive.

On death of the Nawab of Bhopal, his second daughter Sajida Sultan Begum was declared successor to his property as per provisions of the Succession of Throne Act of Bhopal 1947, the merger agreement and other documents.

The petitioner moved an application for taking into account additional facts in support of the petition.

The additional facts pertained to the life, career and achievements of petitioner Saif Ali Khan, his mother Sharmila Tagore and father Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi, the petitioner's counsel Rajesh Pancholi said.

Sharmila Tagore has been awarded the Padma Bhushan, several national film awards and two Filmfare awards for her performance in the movies, and was the head of the Indian Film Censor Board from October 2004 to March 2011.

The petitioner, Saif Ali Khan, has been awarded the Padma Shri, a national film award and six Filmfare awards, while his father Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi was the former captain of the Indian cricket team.

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