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Faridkot royal's kin to challenge court order

HT Correspondent , Hindustan Times  Chandigarh, August 05, 2013
First Published: 21:35 IST(5/8/2013) | Last Updated: 01:50 IST(6/8/2013)

In a fresh twist, nephew of erstwhile Maharaja of Faridkot, Harinder Singh Brar has decided to challenge a recent court order which granted inheritance of assets worth Rs. 20,000 crore to the late ruler’s two surviving daughters.

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Kanwar Bharatinder Singh, son of the Maharaja’s younger brother, late Kanwar Manjitinder Singh, has staked claim to the property citing the “Rule of Primogeniture”, according to which property rights are granted to first born son or eldest living male blood relative.

“It has been appearing in the media that the will of the Maharaja of 1982, which a court in Chandigarh has declared as illegal and void, was only being disputed by the daughter Rajkumari Amrit Kaur,” Kanwar Bharatinder Singh’s son Amarinder Singh Brar said.

“This is incorrect as the will in question is also being disputed by late Kanwar Manjitinder Singh, the Maharaja’s younger brother, now represented by Kanwar Bharatinder Singh, his (Manjitinder’s) son,” Amarinder said, adding that the order will be challenged before a Sessions Court here.

Amarinder, who was accompanied by his lawyers, said Bharatinder was undergoing treatment at a private hospital in Mohali after his knee transplant surgery. “Kanwar Bharatinder Singh will soon file an appeal in exercise of his rights under the Civil Procedure Code,” he said.

Amarinder said the Maharaja had made another will dated May 22, 1952, regarding certain specific properties.

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