Daughter of last ruler of Faridkot dies at 82
The youngest daughter of former Maharaja of Faridkot Harinder Singh Brar, Deepinder Kaur Mehtab, died on Sunday. She was 82.
Deepinder died in Faridkot beside her daughter Nisha and son Jaichand Mehtab. Kolkata-based Deepinder was in Faridkot to attend her father's anniversary celebrations.
Harinder Singh Brar was the last ruler of the Faridkot estate and was married to Narinder Kaur and they had three daughters Amrit Kaur, Deepinder Kaur and Maheepinder Kaur and one son, Tikka Harmohinder Singh.
Maheepinder Kaur, who was not married, died under mysterious circumstances in Shimla in 2001 and Harmohinder Singh died in a road accident in 1981.
Earlier, Deepinder Kaur and her sister Amrit Kaur won 21-year-long legal battle for assets of their father worth Rs 20,000 crore.
The legal battle for the assets started in 1992 after the ex-Maharaja's daughter Amrit Kaur filed a case in a Chandigarh court saying the will, which gave all his properties and assets to the Meharwal Khewaji Trust, was registered in 1982. The trust had some of his servants on board, while his two daughters were appointed chairperson and vice chairperson for a mere Rs 1,200 and Rs 1,000 per month.
Amrit Kaur challenged the will, saying that the trust members had forced her father to sign it at a time when he was in depression. She had claimed that he was not in a "fit state of mind" when the will was drawn up. She pointed out that the will had completely excluded his wife, Narinder Kaur, and mother, Mohinder Kaur, who were alive in 1981-82.
The court declared the will to be "forged and fabricated" and granted inheritance of properties and assets to the daughters.
The properties and assets include the palatial Faridkot House on New Delhi's Copernicus Marg, a royal palace complex and a fort in Faridkot, a fort in Mani Majra area of Chandigarh, vintage cars (including a Rolls Royce), an aerodrome in Faridkot spread over 200 acres, properties in Hyderabad and Delhi, gold and jewellery worth nearly Rs 1,000 crore with the Standard Chartered Bank in Mumbai and more.
Real estate experts and accountants put the total worth of the properties and assets at over Rs 20,000 crore. The Mani Majra fort, which is over 350 years old, is not in a very good condition. The erstwhile ruler was allowed to keep these properties after the country's independence in 1947.
(With IANS inputs)