Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray on Tuesday informed the Bombay high court he was not willing to consider the suggestion made by the court to try and reach an amicable settlement with his elder brother Jayadev on the issue of sharing their late father Bal Thackeray’s property.
Advocate Rajesh Shah hinted Uddhav was not willing to consider the suggestion made by justice Gautam Patel to settle the issue amicably. Ordinarily, such a dispute can be called a family matter, but not in this case, advocate Shah said. “It is not the will of an ordinary person,” he said, adding, “There are thousands of followers and their sentiments are also to be kept in mind. Besides there are other issues…”
During the course of the hearing on the testamentary suit filed by Uddhav seeking probate (court validation) of the will executed by his father, justice Patel had earlier suggested the two sides opt for mediation. The judge felt the issues between the brothers could perhaps be resolved through mediation by a person both sides could trust.
Justice Patel reiterated on Tuesday that both parties should try to explore the possibility of reaching an amicable settlement. The judge felt Uddhav may have to face an awkward situation when he stands in the witness box and faces Jayadev’s counsel.
The will of the late Sena chief has become a subject of a legal battle between the siblings, as their father has purportedly bequeathed all his movable and immovable properties to Uddhav, and has left nothing for Jayadev and the family of his late son Bindumadhav.
Jayadev, estranged f rom his father years ago, has questioned validity of the will, propounded by his ailing father on December 13, 2011, contending his father had a cognitive dysfunction and could not have signed the will in such ailing condition.
The court has now posted t he matter f or f ur t her hearing on January 20.