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Bal Thackeray's will war gets murkier; Jaidev Thackeray claims Aishwarya is not his son

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 10 February 2017, 1:49 IST

Jaidev Thackeray, son of the late Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray, has challenged his father's will which does not give him any share in the property.

He has made the matter murkier by claiming in the Bombay High Court that Aishwarya Thackeray, the son from his former wife Smita, is not his child.

According to reports, Jaidev, Bal Thackeray's estranged son, is currently being cross-examined by the lawyer of his brother and the current Sena chief, Uddhav Thackeray.

While Jaidev didn't get a share in Bal Thackeray's will, Aishwarya, on the other hand, is part of the will and got a share of property.

According to Jaidev, since 2004 he on the second floor of the Thackeray residence 'Matoshree' in suburban Bandra, whenever he went there for a visit as the first floor was occupied by "some unknown person".

Asked by advocate Rohit Kapadia, Uddhav Thackeray's lawyer, who this person was, Jaidev replied, "The first floor was often locked up. And when it was not, some unknown person used to stay there. I did not know that person and when I asked my father, he said that somebody named Aishwarya was staying there."

"Is Aishwarya your son?" advocate Kapadia asked.

"No, he is not. In fact, I have wanted to set the record on Aishwarya's paternity straight for a while now but have not got a chance," Jaidev said.

At this point, Justice Gautam Patel restrained Jaidev from elaborating and the court adjourned for lunch. When the court resumed, Justice Patel had a brief meeting with lawyers of both parties and announced that the rest of the deposition would not be open for the public and media until further orders.

Jaidev had told the court earlier that he moved out of Matoshree in 1999 due to the increasing discord with Smita.

Smita continued to live in Matoshree until their divorce in 2004, and during this period he regularly visited his father during the day but returned to his flat at night.

These visits stopped only a month before Bal Thackeray died in November 2012, Jaidev said.

-With PTI inputs

First published: 21 July 2016, 11:54 IST