Heir of Indian nobleman being sought to claim compensation of $1 billion

Published: April 23, 2013
British Raj

Colin Murray’s photograph ‘Palace in the Lake, Oodeypore’ was taken in India during the British Raj. Since that era, rival families the Arakkals and the Keyis have had many feuds – the latest of which may be who can produce an heir first to claim a $1 billion compensation package from Saudi Arabia. Submitted photo/Arthur M. Sackler Gallery/The New York Times

DEAN NELSON
THE DAILY TELEGRAPH

A search is under way for the direct descendant of a 19th century Indian shipping magnate who is owed $1 billion in compensation from Saudi Arabia.

The Saudi government has agreed to pay the sum to the direct heir of Mayankutty Keyi, in recompense for the destruction of the family’s elaborate house in Mecca in 1971.

The search has reignited a feud between the Muslim royals of Malabar, on India’s western coast, and one of their most powerful rival families.

The Arakkals, erstwhile rulers of the Malabar Coast, and the Keyis, who created a shipping empire that stretched from India to Arabia during the British Raj, have a history of bitter feuds. Although the $1 billion cash grab threatens to overshadow them.

Mayankutty Keyi commissioned the Mecca building in 1848 as a guesthouse for friends and family members performing the Haj pilgrimage. Saudi officials have said they will pay the compensation to the rightful heir and the Indian government has appointed an official to find the direct descendant.

But both the Arakkal royals and the Keyi family have indicated they will mount campaigns to be recognised as the rightful beneficiaries.

According to the Times of India, members of the Arakkal family say Mayankutty Keyi had married one of their female ancestors, and that their matrilineal culture makes them the true heirs.

But T O Sooraj, who has been appointed by the Kerala government to oversee the search, said so far neither family had identified a genuine direct descendant entitled to claim the money.

Tags: , , , , ,





Featured

100 year journey

During the Second World War, Jab Singh Sidhoo served in the Canadian Air Force

SPECIAL TO VANCOUVER DESI Jab Sidhoo was only seven years old when, leaving his mother and siblings behind in Punjab, he made the long sea…
Continue Reading »

100 year journey

Ishar Singh “Odaroo” Banns was known for his adventurous spirit and activism

SPECIAL TO VANCOUVER DESI Ishar Singh Banns was among the best known and most intriguing members of the Indo-Canadian community of B.C. In fact, his…
Continue Reading »

mg_gill.jpg

Wife testifies Maninder Gill’s suit was ‘soaked with blood’ prior to shooting outside Surrey’s Guru Nanak temple

JENNIFER SALTMAN VANCOUVER DESI Japseet Gill was eating and chatting with other wedding guests when she heard a commotion and saw people rushing toward the…
Continue Reading »

LOCAL NEWS

100 year journey

During the Second World War, Jab Singh Sidhoo served in the Canadian Air Force

SPECIAL TO VANCOUVER DESI Jab Sidhoo was only seven years old when, leaving his mother and siblings behind in Punjab, he made the long sea…
Continue Reading »

100 year journey

Ishar Singh “Odaroo” Banns was known for his adventurous spirit and activism

SPECIAL TO VANCOUVER DESI Ishar Singh Banns was among the best known and most intriguing members of the Indo-Canadian community of B.C. In fact, his…
Continue Reading »

DEDAR SAHOTA

Punjab’s Dedar Sihota was B.C.’s first Indo-Canadian teacher

SPECIAL TO VANCOUVER DESI Dedar S. Sihota When Dedar Sihota emigrated from Punjab to Canada with his family in 1936 at the age of 12,…
Continue Reading »

Don't Miss...

DEDAR SAHOTA

Punjab’s Dedar Sihota was B.C.’s first Indo-Canadian teacher

SPECIAL TO VANCOUVER DESI Dedar S. Sihota When Dedar Sihota emigrated from Punjab to Canada with his family in 1936 at the age of 12,…
Continue Reading »

Surrey MP-desi politician

NDP demands 100 new cops for Surrey now

TOM ZYTARUK SURREY NOW SURREY — Federal New Democrats are demanding immediate approval of 100 new police officers for Surrey from the Conservative government. Jinny…
Continue Reading »

JAGIR MAHAL

B.C.’s South Asian pioneer Jagir Mahal: “My mother died while I was waiting for my ship”

SPECIAL TO VANCOUVER DESI Jagir Mahal “I was born two months after my father left India for Canada. He didn’t see me until I was…
Continue Reading »

Fraser Valley Desi

Closed road on private land prompts some passionate reaction from Fraser Valley

KENT SPENCER VANCOUVER DESI An old logging road that doesn’t even have a name has stirred up passions in the Fraser Valley. The road, which…
Continue Reading »

sex determination

Opposition attacks Indian yoga guru Ramdev’s medicine that promises male child

VANCOUVER DESI Opposition members in India have demanded the ban of a product by yoga guru Ramdev’s Divya Pharmacy that promises a male child, Indian newswire…
Continue Reading »


Bollywood Latest

Bollywood

Priyanka Chopra’s journey from the girl next door to Bollywood bombshell

Priyanka Chopra ◄ Back Next ► Picture 1 of 50 DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – DECEMBER 08: Actress Priyanka Chopra poses during a portrait session…
Continue Reading »

desi boobs

Gallery: Bollywood celebrity shots this week

Sunny Leone ◄ Back Next ► Picture 1 of 106 Twitter VANCOUVER DESI Bollywood’s growing love for selfies is self evident. More and more celebrity…
Continue Reading »

Zayn Malik

Gurinder Chadha’s future film plans include Zayn Malik

HINDUSTAN TIMES Zayn Malik has been through quite the career shake up recently. After leaving One Direction, he now appears to have Hollywood in his sights….
Continue Reading »