Tribune News Service
Faridkot, July 8
In what appears to be an unending dispute over property, a daughter of late Maharaja Harinder Singh of the erstwhile Faridkot estate has lodged a police complaint against 23 persons for allegedly forging the Maharaja's will.
The complainant, Amrit Kaur, alleged that the accused, including a grandson of the Maharaja and several lawyers, forged her father's will in 1989 to divest her of rights in the property, which is worth crores.
Amrit Kaur had recently been allowed one-third share in the property after she won a long legal battle in the Punjab and Haryana High Court.
The dispute is over property worth over Rs 25,000 crore.
As per the controversial will, the Maharaja had bequeathed his entire property to Maharawal Khewaji Trust, which is looking after the properties for the last over 31 years.
Amrit Kaur, a daughter of the Maharaja was allegedly disinherited by her father Maharaja Harinder Singh Brar as per the will. Harinder Singh was the last ruler of the erstwhile Faridkot state.
In a legal fight over her right on the property for the last about 20 years.
Amrit Kaur (84) was successful in proving, in three judicial courts (from CJM to High Court), that the propound “will” of her father, which had “disinherited” her from the property was a fake document prepared in 1989.
Harinder Singh had died on October 16, 1989, leaving behind daughters Deepinder Kaur and Maheepinder Kaur as his legal heirs under the Hindu Succession Act as per the controversial will.
Maheepinder Kaur died a spinster in 2003 in Himachal Pradesh. Deepinder Kaur, who was married in a royal family of West Bengal, also died on November 11, 2018. The Maharaja’s lone son, Tikka Harmohinder Singh, had died before him on October 13, 1981, while his eldest daughter, Amrit Kaur, who was allegedly disinherited, is still alive.
According to the will purportedly executed by Harinder Singh on June 1, 1982, Amrit Kaur was “disinherited” for marrying against his wishes.
In a complaint to the police, Amrit Kaur has accused Jai Chand Mehtab, chairman Mehrawal Khewaji Trust, Nisha, both children of late Maheepinder Kaur, Lalit Mohan Gupta, chairman Faridkot Improvement Trust and 20 other members and employees of the Mehrawal Khewaji Trust of forging the document and breach of trust.
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