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Longest running Court Case, India: 175 yrs

Posted by iluvshrutiverma on November 9, 2008

175 years later, West Bengal case goes on and on
9 Nov 2008, 0445 hrs IST, Neelam Raaj, TNN

KOLKATA: The wheels of Indian justice grind slowly, but there are times when they don’t move at all — as has happened with the record-breaking case of an erstwhile Bengali royal family’s proverty. The matter,
which is now in the Calcutta High Court, has been pending for 175 years, making it perhaps the country’s longest-running case.

The property belonged to Raja Rajkrishna Deb, a 17th-century landlord of Bengal’s Shovabazar royal family. Now, the Raja’s descendents — some 200 of them — are demanding it.

The stakes are high — some seven mansions in north Kolkata, nearly 100,000 acres of land in what is now Bangladesh, large tracts of land in at least three districts of West Bengal, and half of erstwhile Sutanati, one of the three villages that make up modern Kolkata.

But all this is still in the hands of a court-appointed receiver. “We are kings in name only. There is no money even to take care of the temples and do puja,” a descendent of the raja told TOI. Incidentally, the Shovabazar Durga Puja is an institution in Kolkata.

The problems began when Raja Rajkrishna Deb died in 1823, bequeathing his estate to his seven surviving sons. But the sons started selling off property to fund their luxurious lifestyles.

The matter first came to court in 1833, when an executor of Rajkrishna Deb’s will lodged a case to try to stop the sale. After pondering the case for 22 years, the judges appointed a British lawyer to oversee
the property and the case dragged on.

Now the heirs want it back but legal experts say it won’t be easy for the high court to take a decision on a case file that’s been gathering dust for nearly two centuries. National and state boundaries have
since changed and a substantial portion of the land once owned by Raja Rajkrishna Deb is now in Bangladesh.

http://timesofindia .indiatimes. com/175_years_ later_West_ Bengal_case_ goes_on_and_on/ articleshow/ 3690564.cms

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4 Responses to “Longest running Court Case, India: 175 yrs”

  1. Partha G said

    I am a software engineer. My work works as a software engineer in the same office as me. We got married in West Bengal in May 2008. Even though we knew each other for 2 years before the marriage, the problems started within 1 month of marriage. And finally we started to stay separately since Nov 2008. In 2010, she went onsite (to USA) for a long-term assignment and filed for divorce in the USA court. The USA court granted her divorce. What are my options now?

    • iluvshrutiverma said

      US divorce is not valid in India. In US, there are state laws governing divorce. E.g. in some states, you have to satisfy 6 months residency requirement and then you can file for divorce. And you will surely get it. In USA, no one can stop divorce, the argument is never about divorce, the argument is about division of property, alimony, child custody etc. In fact, there are countries in the world where you can get divorce without even living there ever. Indian courts will not recognize a foreign divorce.

  2. Hayley said

    I was married to Anthony Padilla but be divorced in 2008 and she took everything Evan my car what do I do I’m screwed

  3. Hayley said

    So very detailed
    Don’t worry you’ll get through it man i support you

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