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Princess leaves assets to domestic help

November 24, 2004 14:53 IST

The unwed princess of the erstwhile princely state of Bilaspur in Himachal Pradesh, Raj Rajeshwari, has bequeathed her movable assets worth Rs 2.5 crore to her domestic help -- a father and son duo -- and her immovable property to a trust headed by the chief minister.

The movable assets of the 66-year-old princess, who died on November 11, include cash, gems and jewellery, car, Persian carpets and rare artefacts -- all of which have been left to Babloo Gupta and his father Ram Bilas.

On November 9, the princess celebrated her birthday along with a friend from Kullu. Later she signed the will in the presence of tehsildar Dhanvir Thakur.

She complained of chest pain the same night and was admitted to a clinic in Sundernagar, where she died two days later.

The family of the princess' brother, who has been left out of the will, alleges that she was "drugged" and made to sign the will in the name of her helper.

Kanwar Chandra, the brother, has petitioned the authorities and the property under dispute has been sealed.

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