Birla's plea for search warrant at Priyambada's residence rejected

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Kolkata, Jan 8 (UNI) A district sessions court today rejected the Birla's appeal for a search warrant at M P Birla's residence in south Kolkata and preferred for trial of the case.

Chief Judicial Magistrate of Alipore district sessions court Apurva Sinha Roy ruled that the appeal should be tried first and fixed the date of hearing on February 16.

The Birlas moved a criminal petition before the court seeking a search warrant at M P Birla's residence at Birla Park.

The Birlas, one of the oldest industrial houses in the country, also named Rajendra Singh Lodha, Chairman of the Birla Corporation, and his associates S K Daga and S N Prasad in ther appeal, stating that they may tamper the documents of the M P Birla's fixed and movable assets.

The Birlas and auditor Mr Lodha were locked in a string of legal battle, after Mr Lodha disclosed that M P Birla's widow Priyambada Birla bequeathed the property to him by a will in 1991.

Mr Lodha disclosed the fact to the Birlas only after Mrs Birla died on July 3, 2004.

The Birlas moved the High Court challenging the veracity of the will. The case is yet to be settled.

UNI XC LL RL VC1610

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