The Delhi High Court on Monday dismissed a woman’s request that the Centre hand over the Red Fort of Delhi to her or compensate her, claiming to be the widow of the great-grandson of the final Mughal king Bahadur Shah Zafar.

Justice Rekha Palli’s bench dismissed the petition, citing “excessive delay,” while emphasising that the case will not be heard on the merits. When the petitioner’s lawyer claimed that his client was illiterate and hence could not have contacted the court, the judge dismissed this argument.

Sultana Begum, the petitioner, claimed to be the lawful and rightful heir of Mughal Badshah Bahadurshah Zafar II, the monarch of Delhi.

“The final Mughal emperor Bahadur Shah Zafar was dethroned by the British East India Company in 1857, and the British East India Company unjustly seized all of his properties. In 1960, the Indian government confirmed late Bedar Bakht’s claim to be a descendant and heir of Bahadurshah Zafar II. In 1960, the Ministry of Home Affairs, Union of India started granting pension to Bedar Bakht, husband of the petitioner. Sultana Begum, the present petitioner, began receiving pensions from the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India, on August 15, 1980. The Indian government pays such a small pension “According to the plea,

The petitioner claims that the government of India is in illegal possession of the Red Fort, which is her ancestral property, and that the government is unwilling to compensate her or give her possession of the property, which is a direct violation of the petitioner’s fundamental right and constitutional right in Article 300 A, as well as human rights. As a result, she asks the court to intervene under Article 3 of the Indian Constitution.

Sultana Begum is the widow of Late Mirza Mohammed Bedar Bakht, the last Mughal Emperor late Bahadur Shah Zafar II ruler of Delhi’s great-grandson and legal and rightful heir. Mirza Muhammad Bedar Bakht died on May 22, 1980, and Sultana Begum was granted a pension by the Union Ministry of Home Affairs in New Delhi on August 1, 1980.

The petition also asked the court to order the respondents to compensate the petitioner for illegal possession by the Indian government from 1857 to the present.

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