Adding another dimension to the ongoing dispute over inheritance of the property of erstwhile Maharaja of Faridkot Sir Harinder Singh Brar, his younger brother Kanwar Manjitinder Singh's son Bharatinder Singh has moved the court seeking maintenance of Rs 15 lakh per month.
"We have moved an application seeking maintenance of Rs 15 lakh per month. He (Bharatinder Singh) is the eldest surviving member of the royal family. As per the law of primogeniture (the right of the first-born son to inherit the family estate) which applies to royal families, he is the rightful inheritor of the property. As per this law, he is also entitled to the monthly maintenance allowance," said advocate Vivek Bhandari, representing Bharatinder Singh.
These submissions were made during resumed hearing of the appeals challenging the order by which the court had made the Maharaja's daughters legal heirs to the Rs 20,000-crore property of Sir Harinder Singh Brar.
On July 25, chief judicial magistrate Rajnish Kumar Sharma had nullified the will authorising the Maharwal Khewaji Trust as the caretaker of the Maharaja's property, paving the way for the latter's daughters Amrit Kaur and Deepinder Kaur to inherit the royal property.
The court, while adjourning the hearing on appeals, extended the stay on the operation of the July 25 order. Thus, the trust would continue to manage the properties till January 24, when the case will come up for hearing.
Sir Harinder Singh had died in 1989, while Manjitinder Singh passed away in 1999.