Nizam's jewellery: taxing problem for descendants

Money can't buy happiness and can sometimes bring in a host of problems. Who knows it better than the Nizam's family members? Their joy of a windfall from the sale of Nizam's jewellery has been short-lived.

Ever since the trade-off with the government of India, the family has got embroiled in litigation with the Income Tax Department. At the centre of the controversy is the lifting of lien over certain amounts. There is a dispute over payment of tax dues running into crores of rupees.

The Nizam Family Welfare Association, however, claims to have already cleared all dues. The family has sought the intervention of Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, to resolve the tax matters pending for the last one decade. Nawab Najaf Ali Khan, grandson of the seventh Nizam, Mir Osman Ali Khan, recently met Mr. Mukherjee and submitted a memorandum in this regard. The latter promised to do justice, said Mr. Khan, who is also the association president.

The fabulous jewels of the Nizam were acquired by the government of India in 1995 for Rs.206 crore after a prolonged legal battle. Proceeds of the sale were apportioned among the beneficiaries according to their specified share. Of the 16 sons and 18 daughters of the Nizam, there are now two sons and three daughters besides 104 grandchildren.

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