Our Legal Correspondent
Kolkata, March 31 The Supreme Court on Monday upheld the order of the Calcutta High Court, which in December 2006 had observed that Mr K.K. Birla, Mr B.K. Birla and Mr Y. Birla have no caveatable interest in the will of late Ms Priyamvada Devi Birla, made in April 1999.
Mr Debanjan Mondal of Fox and Mondal, lawyers representing Mr R.S. Lodha in the matter, told presspersons here on Monday that the Division Bench of Mr Justice S.B. Sinha and Mr Justice Bedi of the Supreme Court directed the Birlas to pay Rs 2.5 lakh to the Legal Aid Services of India. Probate proceedings are now expected to commence in the Calcutta High Court.
It may be recalled that in July 2004, Mr Lodha filed the probate application of the will of Ms Priyamvada Birla, which was challenged by the Birlas through filing of a caveat.
The Calcutta High Court, both Single and Division Bench, held that except for Mr G.P. Birla and the two sisters of M.P. Birla, no other Birla family members has caveatable interest. Against this order, the Birlas filed a special leave petition in the Court.