Princesses in north India win a king’s $4.3b fortune
NEW DELHI (AFP) - An Indian court has ruled that the daughters of a late maharaja should inherit his 200-billion-rupee (S$4.28-billion) estate because his will was forged more than 30 years ago, lawyers said Monday.
The verdict in the northwestern city of Chandigarh ended a two-decade legal battle over the fortune of Maharaja Harinder Singh Brar, the ruler of the princely state of Faridkot who died in 1989.
Magistrate Rajnish Kumar ruled last Thursday that the will had been faked to award his vast property holdings and family heirlooms to a trust managed by one of his three daughters, his servants and lawyers.
"Since the will has been declared illegal... the legal heirs of rajasahib (maharaja) are entitled to the property," a lawyer quoted the magistrate as saying in his ruling.