Nine days after actress Parveen Babi died at her Juhu home apparently without a will, a man who claims to be her adopted son has come forward to claim her crores.
Javed Ahmed Noor Ahmed Shaikh (44), a practising lawyer from Babi’s hometown, Junagadh in Gujarat, will appear before the Bombay High Court soon to stake claim to her Juhu flat and her estate in Junagadh, collectively valued at over Rs 4.5 crore.
“I will be in Mumbai in 10 to 12 days to file my application in court,” Javed said.
According to Javed, he is Babi’s nephew by birth, but she adopted him as her son when he was seven.
He is not sure if there is documentary proof of the adoption, but claims “it was a family affair” and stresses that “documentary evidence becomes necessary if a child is taken from an adoption centre.”
In support of his claim, he says: “If you ask Parveen’s closest friends like Mahesh Bhatt, Danny and Kabir Bedi who her closest relative was, they will give you my name.”
Javed had joint bank accounts with Babi’s mother Jamal Bakhte, who died a couple of years ago. Moreover, many important property deals for Babi and her family were done through Javed.
In the last decade he acted as witness to the sale of Babi’s Kalumal Estate bungalow in the suburbs of Mumbai and also to the sale of Parveen’s 40 bighas of land at Baman village, nearly 20 km from Junagadh.
According to him, Babi has left behind little else apart from her Juhu flat and Junagadh haveli. “There must be some money in her fixed deposit accounts but no one is sure about it,” he says.
Javed will first have to apply to the testamentary department of the high court for the succession certificate. If he gets the certificate, he will become the heir to Parveen Babi’s property.
But if any other relative of hers applies for the same certificate, there will be a legal battle and the court will have to decide.
In case he cannot prove his claim and nobody else comes forward either, the state government will wait for three years and then take possession of the property itself.
Javed says, “There must be other claimants to the property. They may proceed to claim the property along with me or they might even apply separately in a Mumbai court.”