Land mafia cheats Patiala royal family scion

  • Vishal Rambani, Hindustan Times, Patiala
  • Updated: Jun 24, 2015 09:21 IST

Nalini Kumari - granddaughter of Maharaja Bhupinder Singh, erstwhile ruler of Patiala Royal Estate - was allegedly cheated by land mafia that sold her properties, including a tea estate in Himachal Pradesh's Palampur, on forged documents.

As per the family tree, Nalini is cousin of former chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh. The 1,700-kanal property is worth several hundred crores.

Nalini is daughter of Kanwar Kumad Indira Singh, who is Maharaja Bhupinder Singh's son from his second wife Rani Yashoda Devi.

The accused 25 in number, eight from Punjab and rest from Palampur, allegedly made a forged will of Yashoda Devi and sold her properties in Patiala and Palamapur.

All 25 accused have been booked under Indian Penal Code sections, 420, 465, 467, 468 and 120 B.

In her complaint, Nalini, a resident of Gopalpur village in Palampur, claimed that the alleged kingpin of land mafia Surinder Kumar Sood along with some lawyers, made fake documents of her land, which was in possession of her grandmother Yashoda Devi.

Nalini said she approached a court in 2003 following which the accused were restrained from selling the properties. However, the accused managed to register the properties in Patiala on forged documents. The properties were later sold.

Following her complaint, the police during its investigation found that the properties were sold on forged documents.

The police sought a legal opinion from the district attorney, who said since a Patiala court has alreqdy declared that the will of Yoshoda Devi was fake, the accused have cheated Nalini by making forged documents of her properties.

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