Tribal gets relief from money lender after four decades

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Badwani, MP, Feb 11 (UNI) It was a long wait for a tribal to get back his gold and silver jewellery pawned to a money lender about four decades ago.

After repaying about Rs 4,000 in lieu of a loan of Rs 2500 taken in 1966 for agriculture purpose and mortgaging four tola( 40 gram) gold and 10 Kg silver, Nahar Singh, a resident of Chatli village under Niwali tahsil of this district, was shocked when money lender Gendalal refused to return the jewellery.

When the issue was taken to a court here, the money lender, after deducting the interest upto 1981, offered to give Rs 20,262 to Nahar Singh, who declined to accept it saying valuation of his pawned jewellery was not properly done. The case remained unsettled for long and the district administration also could not solve it.

Meanwhile, the money lender died and his son Santosh approached the Indore bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court in 2001. On July 3, 2007, the High Court directed Badwani District Collector for proper valuation of the jewellery. On the court directive, Santosh was directed to deposit Rs 1,37,198 and the amount was handed over to Nahar Singh on February 8, Sendhwa's Sub-Divisional Magistrate Vishnu Kamalkar said.

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