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Jinnah's will may pose roadblock for daughter's legal fight

mumbai Updated: Mar 30, 2010 11:42 IST
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Trouble for Pakistan's founder Muhammad Ali Jinnah's daughter Dina Wadia, who is embroiled in a legal battle with the government over claim to a posh property, is far from over as a Central government office has found a copy of Jinnah's will bequeathing the property to his sister.

The will mentions that the leader bequeathed the property to his sister Fatima Jinnah.

This development may form a roadblock to Dina Wadia's claim to the Jinnah House, a colonial bungalow on Mount Pleasant Road at upmarket Malabar Hill in south Mumbai, official sources said.

"The will dated May 30, 1939 and a copy of legal certification from the Bombay High Court was found in the records of the custodian of enemy property for India," Dinesh Singh, in-charge of the custodian office in Mumbai told PTI.

The High Court in 1962 had legally certified the will as genuine and executed in Fatima's favour. "We have sent the copy to the Ministry of External Affairs for their perusal," Singh said.

Dina (90), a British national and mother of industrialist Nusli Wadia had approached the High Court in August 2007 claiming rights to the bungalow on the ground that her father had not left any will.