Aslam Khan, 75, and Ehsaan Khan, 77, the two brothers of Dilip Kumar, have begun legal proceedings against Dilip Kumar by sending him a legal notice relating to the family property and former Mumbai residence of Kumar, the Pali Hill bungalow, where at one time the actor lived with all his nine siblings. Ehsaan and Aslam face the prospect of being without a home and money within weeks after Dilip Kumar allegedly reneged on his promises.
The brothers have alleged that they were convinced in 2006 to move out of the bungalow, which Dilip bought for Rs. 1.5 lakhs, and were made two promises. They would be paid a monthly allowance of Rs. 60,000 and a building would come up in place of the Pali Hill bungalow, and both would be given a flat each. Neither of the promises have been kept, say the brothers.
Ehsaan, the elder of the two brothers, was told that he would be given a 1200 sq. ft. flat, and Aslam would be provided a 800 sq. ft. flat in the multistory building, which is supposed to be constructed by Gold Beam Constructions Private Limited and Sharyans Resources Limited, reported The Times of India. The brothers have included the builders in their legal notice as they had promised maintenance for the period of construction.
Aslam and Ehsaan say that 48 Pali Hill was a 'family property,' and was not bought from Dilip Kumar's earnings alone. "We are only asking for our share and nothing more. We don't want to fight, we just want justice," said Ehsaan.
After moving out from Dilip Kumar's house, where the brothers and their other siblings had lived since the early 1950s, the two brothers began living in a friend's two-bedroom house on Hill Road and managed to survive with help from well-wishers and relatives. But now, they have to vacate even this house. "In less than a week, we will have nowhere to go. We also have no money left," said Ehsaan.
Meanwhile, Saira Banu
, Dilip Kumar's wife, and at whose bungalow Dilip Kumar is currently staying, confirmed receipt of the legal notice. "We are entitled to our privacy which others must also respect. We have a lot to say in reply, but do not want to," she said.