Pakistan to pay £6 million in Nizam of Hyderabad case as it decides to not challenge London High Court’s verdict
Justice Marcus Smith, sitting in the Rolls Building of the London High Court on Thursday for a ‘consequential hearing’ ordered Pakistan to make the payments.
Pakistan has been ordered to repay £6 million by a UK High Court judge in legal costs, after a Pakistani representative told the court that it will not appeal against London High Court’s verdict, which ruled in the favor of Nizam of Hyderabad’s descendants, giving them right to over £35 million.
Justice Marcus Smith, sitting in the Rolls Building of the London High Court on Thursday for a ‘consequential hearing’ ordered Pakistan to make the payments. They are to be made to the Nizam’s descendants, Prince Mukarram Jah (the titular eighth Nizam of Hyderabad), his brother Muaffakham Jah, the Natwest bank and the Indian government.
As per the decision, Pakistan will have to pay £1,835,445.83 to Prince Muffakham Jah, £795,064.63 to HEH VIII Nizam, £2,802,192.22 to India and £367,387.90 in respect of the Bank’s costs. The bank’s costs, however, have been paid already from the fund. So, this payment is Pakistan reconstituting the fund in respect of those costs.
“Today’s hearing brings this litigation, which started in 2013 but where the underlying dispute dates back to in 1948, to an end at long last,” said Paul Hewitt, partner at Withers LLP.
“We are pleased that Pakistan has decided not to contest Mr. Justice Smith’s judgment. Our client His Exalted Highness the VIII Nizam will now have access to the funds which his grandfather, HEH the VII Nizam, intended him to have,” he continued.
Pakistan’s legal team stated that they had received commands from the Pakistani government to not appeal against the decision.
A Pakistan High Commission source revealed that the matter of legal costs and the court order will be discussed in the next cabinet meeting and only then, a decision will be taken.
Justice Marcus Smith in October ordered that the £35 million held in a Natwest account must be handed over to the descendants of Indian royal Nizam of Hyderabad because Pakistan had little evidence to prove its claim to £35 million held in the account and claimed by two of Nizam’s son and the Indian government.
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