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Rajkot royal family’s property dispute out in open after case filed in court


The dispute over ancestral property of hundreds of crores of the Rajkot royal family has now come out in the open, with Ambalika Devi, the sister of the 17th king of the princely state Mandhatasinh Jadeja, approaching the court.

Notably, she has filed a suit in the city civil court against the release deed that provides that she has given up her right on inheritance property. She has also challenged the will of her father Manoharsinh Jadeja.

A Jhansi resident, Ambalika, has claimed that she was made to sign a release deed by her brother Mandhatasinh in 2019 when she came to Rajkot following her father’s demise by keeping her in dark and ill-informed, according to media reports.

Ambalika has also challenged the 2013 will of her father that her brother produced before deputy collector in 2019 to allegedly mutate the entry in revenue records, and has sought direction from the court to declare the release deed as null and void. Notably, Mandhatasinh has allegedly initiated mutation entry in the revenue department to become the sole owner of the properties.

The petitioner’s lawyer has also claimed that the will of Manoharsinh is unregistered and Mandhatasinh allegedly even tried to tamper with the will.

Setback for Mandhatasinh

In a major blow for Mandhatasinh, Rajkot’s deputy collector Charansinh Gohil has allowed Ambalika’s objections to an application made by him to delete her rights from the ancestral properties of the royal family. The dispute is related to the land of Sardhar and Madhapar villages of Rajkot admeasuring 4,047 sqm and 23.28 lakh sqm, respectively.

After hearing the argument of both the parties, the deputy collector in his two separate orders for both the parcels of lands dated August 23 allowed objections of Ambalika Devi and rejected the application for deletion of her rights in revenue records. The order can be challenged by the contending parties within 60 days.


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