Madras HC dismisses PIL on royal family wealth
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Last Updated: Tuesday, July 19, 2011, 18:57
Chennai: The Madras High Court on Tuesday dismissed a Public Interest Litigation petition calling it a 'private interest litigation,' as the petitioner sought 10 per cent of the properties belonging to the royal family of the erstwhile Raja of Pudukottai.

In their strongly worded judgement, the Chief Justice M Y Eqbal and Justice T S Sivagnanam called the petitioner a "cheat, mischief monger, property grabber and blackmailer" and said they could "hardly see any public interest in it" and it was "a clear abuse of the jurisdiction of the court."

Petitioner Thanushkodi claimed to be a 'property genealogist and a honorary social worker' had sought for a direction of upon the royal family of Pudukottai to produce all the records of the jewels allotted them when the Union of India took over the princely state in 1948 and also to direct the government of India to notify the jewels under the Antiquity Jewels and Treasuries Act and Rules of Indian States (Abolition of Privileges) Act, 1973.

He also wanted these jewels had historical value and they should be notified under the provisions of the Act and also acquired by the state and further claimed to be a special power of attorney of majority of the successor of the Pudukottai royal family and he is eligible for 10 per cent of the properties of the royal family.

Rama Devi, daughter of the ninth and last son of Raja Rajagopal Thondaiman in her counter denied to have sold that ornaments as claimed by the petitioner and said she did not have the right to do so.

The State Bank of India in its affidavit said the boxes containing the said property were in its "safe custody."


First Published: Tuesday, July 19, 2011, 18:57

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