Parveen Babi’s will approved 11 years after her death

After more than 11 years of Bollywood actress Parveen Babi’s death, the Bombay High Court has cleared the will of the yesteryear diva. The late actress had pledged 80 per cent of her wealth for the underprivileged women and children of the Babi community of Junagadh, where Parveen was born.

Justice Gautam Patel approved Parveen’s will after her paternal relatives, who filed the case questioning its legitimacy, decided not to pursue the case anymore. Justice Patel directed the HC registry to grant letters allowing the administration of the will to Babi’s maternal uncle Muradkhan M Babi by December 23 this year, according to a report in a leading daily.

After the death of Parveen in January, 2005, her uncle Muradkhan produced the will in which the actress left in charge of her assets and willed him 20 percent of the wealth. But after he moved court to get the will probated, the actress’s relatives questioned the authenticity of the will and the case landed at the Bombay HC.

Parveen’s assets primarily comprises of a sea-facing flat with four bedrooms in Juhu, a haveli in Junagadh, apart from jewellery and deposits worth Rs 20 lakh in banks, and other investments.

A trust will be formed which will channel the 80 per cent of Parveen’s wealth set aside for underprivileged women and children. 10 per cent from the allotted sum to the trust, will be given to Parveen’s alma mater St Xavier's college in Ahmedabad, as per the will.

After the court case was resolved, Parveen's uncle Muradkhan was quoted as saying, "Parveen was very close to me; she grew up in my arms. The legal battle was never really about money or the 20-per cent share she has given me. It was about her last wishes. I will use her estate to create a trust that will keep her alive forever."