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Smt. Kiran Bala v. Abhilash Awasthi & Others - TESTAMENTARY CASES No. 13 of 2006  RD-AH 15035 (31 August 2006)
Court No. 30.
Testamentary Case No. 13 of 2006.
In the matter of goods of
Late Awadhesh Chandra Awashi alias Awadhesh Awasthi
Smt. Kiran Bala ... Applicant
Hon. Sunil Ambwani, J.
Smt. Kiran Bala claiming to be widow of Late Awadhesh Awasthi (the deceased) has filed this application for Letters of Administration of the estate of the deceased, who died intestate on 16.9.2005 in a train accident at Kannauj City Station Makarand Nagar traveling from Allahabad to Kannauj. The deceased retired as a Lecturer at P.S.M. Degree College at Kannauj on 30.6.2000. The petitioner is the Principal of the Private School of Sister Nivedita at her parent's home at 461-A Colonelganj, Allahabad.
The petition was directed to be advertised in daily newspapers ''Northern India Patrika' ( English) published from Allahabad and "Amar Ujala' (Hindi) published from Kanpur and Allahabad. Sri Kshitij Shailendra has entered appearance on behalf of Smt. Girija Devi, who also claims to be the legally wedded wife of the deceased. She has filed a petition for succession certificate under section 372 of the Indian Succession Act, 1925 in the Court of District Judge Kannauj on 10.2.2006, in which the sons of Smt. Kiran Bala has filed on impleadment application 24.4.2006. Smt. Kiran Bala has also entered appearance before District Judge, Kannauj on 14.5.2006.
Shri R.S.. Pandey learned counsel for the applicant states that she did not know whether an application for succession certificate under section 372 of the Indian Succession Act, 1925
was filed. He submits that Smt. Girja Devi is an imposter and is claiming only a part of the assets of the deceased.
Smt. Kiran Bala and her sons have already entered appearance in these proceedings. The District Judge, Kannauj, under section 372 of the Indian Succession Act 1925 is a competent court of concurrent jurisdiction to grant succession certificate and to consider and decide the relationship between the parties and the entitlement to the succession certificate. In case more properties are discovered, he may direct the properties to be added. Once a proceedings have been initiated under section 372 of the Indian Succession Act, 1925 in which the applicant had entered appearance, this Court with concurrent jurisdiction would not entertain a fresh petition by another person claiming the same relief. The pendency of those proceedings may result into inconsistent or conflicting findings and orders.
This petition is accordingly dismissed with liberty to the petitioner to either contest the Succession Case No. 21/70/2006 pending in the court of District Judge Kannauj under section 372 filed by Smt. Girija Devi or to file a fresh petition before the District Judge, Kannauj which may be connected with the succession case filed by Smt. Girija Devi. In either case the case shall be decided as expeditiously as possible.
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