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Faridkot royal dispute gets murkier

chandigarh Updated: Aug 14, 2013 09:21 IST
Shailee Dogra

As the Maharwal Khewaji Trust is gearing up to file an appeal against the order declaring the will of Maharaja of Faridkot, Sir Harinder Singh Brar, making the trust caretaker of the property, as forged, princess Amrit Kaur on Tuesday accused the trust of withdrawing money from its account without having the authority.

Chief judicial magistrate Rajnish Kumar Sharma, in his order of July 25, while disposing of the petition challenging the will, filed by Amrit Kaur, the eldest daughter of Sir Brar, had declared the will as "null and void", making the trust non-existent.

The ruling declaring the will as "forged and fabricated" had entitled daughters Amrit Kaur and Deepinder Kaur, inheritors of the property-- estate and assets worth Rs 20,000 crore - of Sir Raja Harinder Singh after his death by virtue of the Hindu Succession Act.

On Tuesday, giving a new twist to the ongoing dispute pertaining to the inheritance, Amrit Kaur accused the trust of having withdrawn about Rs 2.6 crore from various banks in which the earnings of the estate are deposited.

Advocate Balbir Singh Sewak, who had issued the statement on Amrit Kaur's behalf, alleged, "By the order of the court, the trust had become non-existent so it did not have the authority to withdraw the money. There are accounts in the name of the trust in more than a dozen banks at various places throughout India and the bank statements show that after the judgment of July 25, an amount of Rs 2.6 crore has been illegally withdrawn by the lawyers and others from the accounts of five banks situated in Faridkot."

Giving details, he said, "The amount withdrawn could be much more, if information from other bank accounts could be available. The amount withdrawn from the Oriental Bank of Commerce is Rs 1.36 crore, Bank of India Rs 85 lakh, Canara Bank Rs 34 lakh, Punjab and Sind Bank Rs 3.75 lakh, and the amount withdrawn from the State Bank of Patiala is Rs 1.97 lakh."

Sewak said, "We will also make a plea before the court objecting to the granting of stay on the order of the CJM court once the appeal is filed."

When contacted, Ranjit Singh, lawyer of the trust, claimed, "We are filing an appeal against the order of the court. The appeal that was to be filed on Tuesday would now be filed on Wednesday."
While talking about the allegations, he said, "The court had dismissed the plea of Amrit Kaur regarding rendition of the bank accounts, thus she has no right to make claims on the earnings of the trust."

Amaninder Singh Brar, grandson of Kanwar Manjitinder Singh, younger brother of the Maharaja, had also staked claim on the property, but the court had turned down his family's claim. He also intends to move court against the order saying, "The court failed to consider the law of primogeniture while deciding the case."

Amrit Kaur's earlier allegations

Amrit Kaur has already accused the trust of illegally selling four aircraft for Rs 1 lakh, 54 acres of agricultural land in Hisar district for Rs 23,000 per acre, an airstrip at Hisar measuring 110 kanals for Rs 25,000 per acre, Dhanna Kothi on 80 kanals at Hisar for Rs 40,000 per acre and precious trees in the forest spread over 1,500 acres at Bir Chahal, Bir Ghungiana and Bir Shekhawala in Faridkot.