MUMBAI: There could an amicable settlement to the property dispute between Thackeray siblings, Uddhav and Jaidev, with the latter proposing an out-of-court deal. Now, though, the ball is in Uddhav’s court.
Uddhav has filed a probate in the Bombay High Court to confirm their father the late Bal Thackeray’s will, according to which he is the most prominent heir to his father’s property. Thackeray divided his three-storied residence into three parts -- the top floor to its present occupants, Uddhav and his wife Rashmi; the second floor, where Thackeray used to stay, to Uddhav’s sons Aditya and Tejas; and the first to Aishvarya, son of Jaidev and his former wife Smita.
Thackeray had mentioned that the ground floor would be used for political activities. He also gave Uddhav the farm house at Karjat.
Jaidev had questioned the veracity of the will. During a hearing, the HC asked the siblings whether they were ready for an out-of-court settlement as the case could drag on and the final judgment might not be in Uddhav’s favour.
“Balasaheb was a great person. I don’t want to dent his dignity. That’s why I am ready to resolve the dispute amicably,” Jaidev said.
However, Uddhav is unlikely to accept the proposal. One of his close aides said he was not in a mood to forgive his elder brother Jaidev for casting doubts on Thackeray’s will.