Kin of George Fernandes move Delhi HC

Brothers of former defence minister George Fernandes on Friday moved Delhi High Court seeking appointment of a local commissioner to accompany them to meet the ailing leader, living with his wife Leila Kabir.

Updated: May 28, 2010, 18:11 PM IST

New Delhi: Brothers of former defence
minister George Fernandes on Friday moved Delhi High Court seeking
appointment of a local commissioner to accompany them to meet
the ailing leader, living with his wife Leila Kabir, and
videograph his interaction with them.

Brothers of the 79-year-old leader, who is said to be
suffering from Alzheimer`s disease, also pleaded before the
Court that their meeting with George should not take place in
the presence of his wife Kabir.
Brothers of George and his wife Leila Kabir are engaged
in legal battle to seek his custody.

Richard Fernandes, one of the brothers, in his plea said
the High Court had adjourned the matter on May 19 for the
parties to arrive at a possible settlement, but it cannot be
reached without ascertaining the JD(U) leader`s wishes.

"Arriving at any settlement or adopting a future course
of action, the concerns and wishes of George must be addressed
and taken into due consideration," Richard said.

"A settlement arrived at, convenient to plaintiffs and
defendants, without taking into account the wishes and desires
of George would be patently unfair and would tantamount to
grave injustice being occasioned to George," the plea said.

Richard in his plea said given the incapacity of the
ailing leader to appear before the court, a local commissioner
may be appointed to ascertain his desires and wishes.
"The appointment of a local commissioner for the said
purpose is necessary for avoiding allegations of manipulation
and falsehood" raised by Kabir, the plea said.

The brothers have alleged that Kabir has gone against
the medical opinion and wishes of George and displaced him
from his official residence at 3, Krishna Menon Marg, New
Delhi and shifted him to a rented accommodation in Panchsheel
Park.

PTI