The Bombay high court has appointed a court receiver to break open two bank lockers belonging to the estate of the late classical singer and Sangeet Natak Academy laureate Sushilarani Patel, after her Trust told the court the lockers may contain demonetised notes.
Justice Gautam Patel on Friday directed the receiver to make an inventory of all money and jewellery in the lockers, to open a new account in the name of the estate and to deposit everything into that until further orders. Justice Patel was hearing an oral plea by one of Patel’s trustees and social activist Neela Shinde.The trust and Patel’s relatives are litigating over her will. Her bank accounts have been frozen till the matter is decided in court. Shinde moved HC seeking opening the lockers after the bank told her it neither had the keys nor the authority to open them.
Shinde sought the court’s intervention that there may be a lot of money in these lockers that won;t be of any value after the December 30 deadline to deposit old notes.
Patel, who was married to film critic Baburao Patel, died in July 2014. She willed her properties, including her Pali Hill bungalow to her Trust that Shinde said promotes classical music.