Bombay High Court to hear Bal Thackeray's will dispute on March 10

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Thackeray's will hearing in court today
Mumbai, March 10: The Bombay High Court on Monday, will hear an interim application by Jaidev Thackeray for orders to restrain Uddhav and other executors from alienating properties of Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray, who died in November 2012.

Bal Thackeray's sons Uddhav and Jaidev are locked in a legal row over property worth crores left behind by the party patriarch.

Uddhav, who was anointed party's Executive President by his father, had moved the Bombay High Court to probate the will of his father, who died on November 17, 2012.

The probate petition of Uddhav, filed in January 2013 by solicitor firm Kanga and Company, has been converted into a testamentary suit as it was opposed by his brother Jaidev, who has not got any share in the property, said a lawyer involved in the case.

On January 27, Justice RD Dhanuka of the Bombay HC had adjourned to March 10 the hearing in the case. The judge is today expected to take a decision on the maintainability of Jaidev's application.

The estate left behind by Thackeray includes property and bank deposits worth Rs 14.85 crores, according to the will signed by the Sena patriarch. A copy of the will has been attached to the probate petition filed by Uddhav.

Jaidev, the estranged son of Thackeray, has contested the will in an affidavit, saying the property was valued much more than the declared worth. According to him, the Bandra bungalow 'Matoshri' is itself valued at Rs 40 crore.

Jaidev has contended that although he had separated from his father some years ago, he had cordial relations with him and that the senior Thackeray could not have signed such a will in which he has not been given any share in the family property.

Jaidev is currently staying separately with his third wife. His divorced wife Smita also stays separately. Jaidev's lawyer Seema Sarnaik refused comment on the development, saying the matter was subjudice.

Uddhav had moved the Bombay High Court to probate the will.

According to the will, Thackeray has given the first floor of his bungalow to his grandson Aishvarya, son of Jaidev and his divorced wife Smita. The second floor has been bequeathed to Uddhav and his sons Aditya and Tejas. The ground and third floors have been given to Uddhav.

No share has been given to Jaidev and Madhavi, the widow of Thackeray's eldest son Bindumadhav, who died in a road accident some years ago. Madhavi has not contested the will.

Thackeray had named former Sena MP and senior advocate Adhik Shirodkar, lawyer Anil Parab, architect Shashi Prabhu and Ravindra Mhatre, former personal assistant to the late Sena supremo as executors of the will.

Dr Jalil Parkar, his personal physician, is the witness in whose presence Thackeray had signed the will. All of them refused to comment.

With agency inputs

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