Jaidev Thackeray willing to settle dispute; Uddhav says need time

Mumbai: Jaidev Thackeray, who has contested the 'Will' left behind by his father and Shiv Sena founder late Bal Thackeray, today told the Bombay High Court that he was willing to settle the dispute over the family property with his brother Uddhav.

Jaidev Thackeray
Jaidev Thackeray

However, Uddhav's lawyer said his client needed more time to decide whether a compromise could be worked out as it was difficult to settle the dispute with Jaidev since he had levelled allegations against Uddhav.

The high court had earlier asked both the brothers to resolve their dispute amicably.

Bal Thackeray, who died in November 2012, had bequeathed the major share of the property to Uddhav, who is now heading the outfit, but gave virtually nothing to his estranged son Jaidev.

Jaidev contested the 'Will' saying his father may not have been of sound mind while executing it as he had not been given any share in the family property.

Jaidev's lawyer told Justice Gautam Patel that his client was willing to settle the dispute with Udhav.

However, Uddhav's lawyer told the court that allegations had been levied by Jaidev against his client and it was difficult to settle the dispute with him. But he needed more time to decide whether a compromise could be worked out.

The HC then adjourned the matter till January 6 to enable both brothers to work out an amicable solution. Earlier, the Judge had advised the Thackeray siblings to reach a compromise as it was in their interest to go in for a settlement.

Uddhav had moved the court to probate the Will of his father. After Jaidev contested the Will, the court converted the petition into a testamentary suit.

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