London: An 84-year-old Sikh man has sued his
son, one of Britain`s wealthiest men, for 100 million pounds
for trying to push him and his wife out on the streets and for
keeping the hotel business to himself.
Jasminder Singh, 60, chairman of Radisson Edwardian
Hotels, is accused of renouncing the Sikh tradition of sharing
family wealth and barring his parents from their multi-million
pound business, the Daily Express reported.
His father Bal Mohinder Singh, stands to take a third of
the family fortune if he wins the High Court battle against
his son, worth an estimated 415 million pounds.
Bal, in a statement to the court in central London
yesterday, said he and his wife were "deeply ashamed that
Jasminder should publicly renounce his cultural heritage".
The system of joint family ownership of all assets is
based on religious teaching and widely practised by Sikh and
Hindu communities around the world, he said, adding: "For
Jasminder to deny that and claim all the credit and ownership
for himself will be shocking to wide sections of those
communities. That is why his mother and I are so ashamed".
Bal also accused his son of trying to force his parents
out of the 10 million pounds house they share near Ascot
racecourse in Berkshire.
Jasminder denies ever having been told by his parents they
were a "joint Hindu family" and that property acquired by any
of them was "joint family property".
He also denied having a particularly religious upbringing, the paper said adding the case is expected to go to trial
later this year. Jasminder ranks 193 in the Sunday Times Rich List.
His chain, which owns the May Fair, had recently acquired
the Odeon cinema in Leicester Square intending to turn the
site into a hotel.
On his son`s efforts to force his parents out of the
house, Bal said his son has called in the builders for
substantial redecorating work "with no regard for our comfort
He said his son had refused to provide a chairlift for
Kaur Singh who can no longer get up the stairs and has
withdrawn the use of her driver and other staff to "provide us
with the services to which we have become accustomed".