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Birla-Lodha case: single bench order set aside

by praveen
October 12th, 2007

Divison Bench sees no reason to appoint an administrator

The Division Bench of the Culcutta High Court on Thursday set aide the order appointing Administratrors over the business and companies of M. P. Birla group passed on May 19, 2006, by the single bench, giving a new twist to the row over three-year-long legal battle between the Birls and their former auditor R. S. Lodha over the property of the late M.P Birla. Mr. Lodha’s solicitor, Debanjan Mandal of Fox Mandal, said the division bench went on to hold, after having considerd the arguments of the Birls and on behalf of R.s Lodha, that it did not find any ‘necessity’ to appoint any administrator over the M.P. Birls group.

However, Mr. Lodha will have to maintain and furnish accounts of the estate of M.P. Birla’s widow, Priyamvada Birla, including the income and divided from shares of late Priyamvada Birla.

Thursday’s judgment and order was deliverd by justice Pinaki Chandra Ghose and Justice Tapan Kumar Dutt.

Intense litigation had started since the demise of Priyamavada Birla in July 2004 after Mr. Lodha applied for the probate of a purported Will which itself has now become a matter of dispute. Senior memvers of the birla clan field appeals in the Calcutta High Court ina case which drew top legal counsel from the country to a case which was heard in jam packed court rooms.

Meanwhile, the Supreme Court on Thursday reserved the judgment in the corss-appeals field by the Birlas and R.S. Lodha challenging each other’s right to object to late Priyamvada Brila’s purportd 1999 will and late M.P. Birla’s 1982 Will, respectively.

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