Bhai Manjit Singh's questions
Even as Bhai Manjit Singh has contested the will that many see as Bhai Mohan?s Singh?s last word on family assets, he has questioned the right of his father and brother to transfer the Delhi Guest House shares to Bhai Mohan Singh Trust - a trust that has none other family member on it but for Analjit.india Updated: May 16, 2006 02:23 IST
Even as Bhai Manjit Singh has contested the will that many see as Bhai Mohan’s Singh’s last word on family assets, he has questioned the right of his father and brother to transfer the Delhi Guest House shares to Bhai Mohan Singh Trust - a trust that has none other family member on it but for Analjit.
In fact, Bhai Manjit Singh has lots of questions.
“If the family and our father’s honour was so dear to Analjit, why did he not settle the cases against our father in his lifetime so that he would die a Padma Vibushan? I settled the cases as soon as I had to money to do so. If Analjit was taking care of my parents in their last days, why did he file a case against them and other members of the family in January 2004, alluding that the rest of us wanted to evict him from the Aurangzeb Road residence?”
But, is Manjit Singh looking for justice on more than one front? “According to the family settlement that took place in 1989 and a decision that was endorsed by Analjit Singh in the case filed against the father, Manjit and Parvinder Singh’s family in 2004, the 53.36 per cent equity in Delhi Guest Houses was to be equally distributed amongst the three brothers after the demise of both the parents.”
Delhi Guest Houses, which controls 2.6 acres on New Delhi's Aurangzeb Road is valued at Rs 380 crore. “Why should he deprive us of the 15 per cent share that we would get out of this and expect us to surrender this to a trust that is to be chaired by Analjit.”
The Rs 14 crore that my father gave me in 1995-96 was on account of my share of the money in lieu of additional land that had gone into Analjit Singh account. “It was not a favour done to me. It was the money that was to be given to both me and Parvinder under the equal distribution of family assets.”