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Hotelier father and son face off in court

The British hotelier behind Radisson Blu Edwardian is facing off against his son in court this week, accusing the next-gen of failing to share the family wealth that he helped to build.

The British hotelier behind Radisson Blu Edwardian is facing off against his son in court this week, accusing the next-gen of failing to share the family wealth that he helped to build.

Bal Mohinder Singh, moved into the hotel business, along with his eldest son, Jasminder, shortly after immigrating to the UK in 1973, gradually buying a portfolio of landmark properties, including Savoy Court and the May Fair in central London.

The lawsuit, which began today, is reportedly over a sum of £50 million, although the total worth of Radison Blu Edwardian is estimated to be worth £800 million, according to The Telegraph.

The hotels initially formed the Edwardian Group, but in 1997 the company joined forces with Radisson – an international hotel group owned by US family empire Carlson.

Eighty-six-year old Singh says Jasminder, who he raised as a Sikh, has failed to abide by the tradition of mitakshara, which requires families to share their wealth.

He says when the pair established the Edwardian Group, he put his son in charge of because of his English language and accountancy skills.

But he says in 2010 his son forced him to retire and has failed to share the wealth generated by the family’s successful hotel group.

Despite the feuding, the father and son live together, along with their wives, at Tetworth Hall.

But Singh has said he spends most of his time in his room and accuses his son and daughter-in-law of trying to force him and his wife out of the property.

Singh was quoted in The Telegraph as saying that it would be “difficult and stressful” to give evidence against his son at the High Court trial.

Jasminder has said in earlier submissions to the court that he did not have a particularly religious upbringing, and that he had a leading part in building up the family business. 

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