Friday, 24 February 2012

Radisson Hotels head sued by own father

One of wealthiest British Asian businessmen in the UK has become the centre of a £100 million law suit brought by his own father.
Jasminder Singh, the 60-year-old Chief Executive of the Radisson Edwardian Hotels group, is being taken to  court by his father Bal Mohinder Singh.
The elder Singh accuses his son of forgetting the Hindu and Sikh tradition of sharing familial wealth by excluding him from the business and his home.
If he succeeds in court proceedings, which are likely to be prolonged, he could win a third of the family fortune.
Jasminder Singh is worth an estimated £415 million and ranks 193 in the Sunday Times Rich List.
His chain, which owns the May Fair, has recently acquired the Odeon cinema in Leicester Square intending to turn the site into a hotel.
In a witness statement submitted to the court, Bal Mohinder Singh says: 'Both I and his mother are deeply ashamed that Jasminder should publicly renounce his cultural heritage and the mutual rights and obligations in which he was brought up.
'That family system based on custom and religious teaching is widely practised and universally understood by Hindus and Sikhs in India today just as it was in British India where I was brought up.
'It is also widely practised and universally understood in the Sikh and Hindu communities overseas including East Africa and the UK.
'My life has been devoted to winning respect for myself and family in those communities and the respect which we have earned as a family has been the basis for the success of our business in this country.
'For Jasminder to deny that and claim all the credit and ownership for himself will be shocking to wide sections of those communities particularly our family friends — that is why his mother and I are so ashamed.'
However, Jasminder Singh claims that he did not have a particularly religious upbringing, that neither of his parents regarded the family to be living under an agreement to share property nor was there any such agreement.
The father also accuses his son of trying to force him and his wife Satwant Kaur Singh out of the £10 million family home, Tetworth Hall near Ascot racecourse in Berkshire.
The father said his son has called in the builders for substantial redecorating work “with no regard for our comfort or convenience”.
He said that his son had refused to provide a chairlift for Mrs Kaur Singh who can no longer get up the stairs and has withdrawn the use of her driver and other staff to “provide us with the services to which we have become accustomed”.
The trial will get underway later this year.
-    UKAsian Staff

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