Hotel tycoon being sued by father for forsaking Hindu tradition
A HOTEL tycoon, who is one of the richest Asian businessmen in the UK is being sued by his father.
The £100 million High Court case involves Jasminder Singh, 60, head of the Radisson Edwardian Hotels group and his father Bal Mohinder Singh, 84.
Jasminder is accused by his father for forsaking the Hindu tradition of sharing family property and wealth by excluding him from the business and his home.
Mrs Justice Proudman was today hearing applications from both sides and is expected to set a trial date for the case later this year.
Jasminder Singh is worth an estimated £415million and ranked 9th in the Asian Rich List.
If his father is successful in the court proceedings , it could mean that he will own a third of the family fortune
Last October Jasminder bought the Radisson Edwardian Free Trade Hall hotel in Manchester for £37 million.
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 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.
Picture: Jasminder Singh
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