A London court decision revealed on Friday that the billionaire Hinduja family of India has reached a worldwide settlement regarding the future of its international business empire.
Before a case was heard in a specialized court, Srichand Hinduja, the 86-year-old patriarch’s health, was in question. The London Court of Appeal mostly dismissed an appeal concerning reporting limitations.
In the Court of Protection, which drives decisions on economic or interest issues for people who are unfit to make them for themselves, Srichand’s younger brother Gopichand, 82, contested the reality of the lasting power of attorney given to Srichand’s wife, Madhu, and later to his daughters Vinoo and Shanu.
A representative representing Gopichand Hinduja and his brothers Prakash and Ashok, but not Srichand, wrote in an email that “the Hinduja family matter surrounding the fitness and interest of SP has already been addressed peacefully between all parties.” Whether those matters should stay secret was the primary focus of today’s decision.
In a separate email invoice, Srichand’s daughters Vinoo and Shanu Hinduja said they received “the clarity that this legislation will bring to the proceedings” but demanded that a final agreement still needed to be reached.
“We are happy that the dispute connecting to the fitness and interest of our father has been determined, but a final payment on the more general arguments still needs to be addressed,” they continued. The Sunday Times UK Rich List’s top three individuals this year are the Hinduja family, Srichand, and Gopichand, with a combined net worth of almost 28 billion pounds ($33 billion). The Hinduja family’s companies, which include banking, chemicals, and healthcare, reportedly employ 200,000 people globally.
In a judgment from August that was dismissed on Friday, Judge Anthony Hayden stated that Srichand’s requirements, which include dementia, had been “marginalized in a family quarrel.” Hayden asserted in August that Srichand’s family’s disagreement over how and where to treat him had “driven them to consider a placement in a public nursing home.
According to the attorney for Gopichand Hinduja and his brothers Prakash and Ashok, the decision of the High Court “had no impact whatsoever on the continued maintenance of Mr. SP Hinduja, on which the dwelling is built, or on any corporate operations.”
There was no participation from Prakash or Ashok Hinduja in the Court of Protection proceedings. According to the orders released on Friday, the family requested in June that “all conflicts between them in all jurisdictions” be resolved, including the one that had been pending at the London High Court since 2019 regarding the Hinduja family’s assets.
Srichand wanted the court to rule that his letter declaring that any investments held in their characters belonged to all four of them, along with his three brothers Gopichand, Prakash, and Ashok, had no “legal impact” when it was signed in July 2014.
His three siblings used the letter “as a basis for aiming to acquire control of Hinduja Bank, an investment in [Srichand’s] sole name,” according to a court judgment in that case from 2020.
The Hinduja family and the litigation in London and abroad have “a confidential agreement,” according to the Court of Appeal’s ruling. It was noted that the family was embroiled in legal disputes in Jersey and Switzerland before the 2020 ruling.