High Court intervenes in a royal intrigue
THE PLOT: A KING makes a will for minor grandchildren, an uncle acts a villain, a forged will is prepared, a woman appears faking to be mother of two minors thus helping their uncle, a plot is hatched to eliminate the prince duo, failing which they are framed in a criminal case but a smart lawyer comes to their rescue.india Updated: Jan 15, 2006 01:05 IST
THE PLOT: A KING makes a will for minor grandchildren, an uncle acts a villain, a forged will is prepared, a woman appears faking to be mother of two minors thus helping their uncle, a plot is hatched to eliminate the prince duo, failing which they are framed in a criminal case but a smart lawyer comes to their rescue.
BUT FOR the High Court’s intervention, the story of Princes Mohit Singh and Shobhit Singh, grandsons of the late Raja Shamsher Singh of Rae Bareli, was developing into a prospective Bollywood blockbuster with all the tragic ingredients thrown in.
On January 12, 2006, a division bench of the high court at Lucknow, comprising Justices Bhanwar Singh and Jagmohan Paliwal, stayed the arrest of the two brothers in a case filed by their uncle Jainee Singh accusing the duo of selling his property of 9, Butler Road at Lucknow.
According to VK Shahi, counsel for the two princes, this stranger than fiction story started on June 26, 1991 when Raja Shamsher Singh made a registered will of his properties scattered in places from Rai Bareli to Lucknow. He gave equal shares to his son Prince Brijendra Singh, daughters Indrajit Singh and Daljit Singh. Mohit and Shobhit with one sister Ruchi were the children of Brijendra Singh.
Indrajit was married to Jainee Singh whose sons also got their shares in the will. Indrajit died in 1995. Mohit and Shobhit were about eleven years of age at the time the will was made.
On November 28, 1994 Raja Shamsher Singh died. Brijendra Singh and his wife Madhu Singh also died within two years thereafter. Mohit Singh told to the Hindustan Times: “The bad luck hit us hard since the death of out grandfather. My father suffered an unnatural death in September 1995 and my mother died in September 1996, both in the presence of Jainee Singh.
Jainee Singh produced an unregistered will of our grandfather, claiming that it was written on November 25, 1994, just three days before his death.
“Both of us were attacked by criminals several times. We were penniless and had to hide to save our lives. Often we had to pass the nights on railway platforms to escape the goons engaged by our uncle to eliminate us,” Mohit Singh said.
Shahi informed the high court bench on January 12 one Narendra Kumari was presented as the wife of Brijendra Singh while the fact was that this woman appeared only to help Jainee Singh in grabbing the property of the brothers through civil suits.
Shobhit Singh said: “We were approached by RK Agrawal of Viraj Constructions Limited who was ready to purchase our property at 9, Butler Road and the will made us owner of a part of that property. We sold it to him as Jainee Singh would never have allowed us to live in this.”
“Jainee Singh lodged a report with the police. The police wanted to arrest us and send to jail when our lawyer narrated our tale of woe to the high court bench, which stayed the process of our arrest,” he added.
First Published: Jan 15, 2006 01:05 IST