Efforts to reach an amicable solution between former Chief Justice Shanti Sarup Dewan and his son have borne no fruit. For, the mediation attempted between the warring father and son by a committee of three mediators has “failed”.
This was conveyed to the Punjab and Haryana High Court on Tuesday which had set up a committee of mediators, including a retired Supreme Court Judge and a senior lawyer, to settle the feud between the two.
In fact, the dispute between the former Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court and his lawyer son Suvir Dewan has worsened. Justice Dewan has “disinherited his son from movable and immovable properties” in his will.
This came to light on Tuesday in the two-page report submitted by the committee of mediators. The report reads that the feelings between the father and son have “hardened so much that they cannot live together”. The real bone of contention, as observed by the mediators, between the father-son is the “one-kanal house” in Sector 11, Chandigarh.
In order that he and his wife can “spend the evening of their lives” peacefully, Justice Dewan has made it clear that he wants his son, his wife and daughter to vacate the Sector 11 house. Suvir Dewan has a house, gifted by his father, in Panchkula.
Justice Dewan has assured that if his son vacates the house then he (Justice Dewan) will revoke his will. The committee of mediators, including Justice (retd) Kuldip Singh and senior lawyer M L Sarin, had met both the parties individually to discuss the dispute “threadbare”.
The mediators have reported that Suvir Dewan has refused to accept the condition imposed by his father and solution offered by the mediators. The first “solution” offered was to vacate the Sector 11 house and shift to Panchkula. It was proposed, by the mediators, that for two years Justice Dewan will pay Rs 10,000 monthly to Suvir Dewan and his family for shifting to Panchkula on account of expenses to be incurred on commuting from Panchkula to Chandigarh.
Justice Dewan was initially very “bitter” about it as he felt that it was his son who should