Respected accountant, 65, who ‘brazenly lied’ after being accused of forging his mother’s will to leave her slice of the family’s £160m fortune to him is jailed for a year

Mail Online | 12/9/2017 | Katie French For Mailonline
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A respected account who brazenly lied after being accused of forging his mother's will to leave her slice of the family's £160million to him has been jailed for a year.

Girish Dahyabhai Patel, 65, used a blank document, pre-signed by his 'astute and devout' mother, before adding a will around it.

Brother - Yashwant - Order - Hold - Shares

He did so - his brother, Yashwant, claimed - in order to get hold of her shares and thus control over a £40m stake in the family's palm oil plantation in Malaysia.

Patel, of Highgate, was caught out by minute forensic analysis, which revealed the faint indentation of her signature elsewhere on the paper. It suggested she had signed the sheet while putting her name to several blank documents, one on top of the other, for use in the family's businesses.

Court - February - Judge - Andrew - Simmonds

At the High Court in February, Judge Andrew Simmonds QC found the will to be a forgery.

Instead, he upheld a previous will - which left everything to Yashwant.

Patel - Arbitrator - Disputes - Costs - Bills

Girish Patel, who sits as an arbitrator in disputes, was left facing legal costs bills totalling an estimated £1.3m and his reputation in ruins.

And today another judge, Mr Justice Marcus Smith, ruled him in contempt of court - and sent him to Pentonville Prison for 12 months.

Patel - Account - Oath - Mother - Judge

Patel had now confessed that the 'detailed factual account' he gave under oath of his mother signing the will 'was false', said the judge.

In his February ruling, Judge Simmonds said: 'Regrettably, I have reached the conclusion that, despite his professional and business achievements, the truth is a flexible concept for Girish, to be fashioned according to his own interests and requirements.'

Court - Family - Gujarat - India - Business

The court heard the family, originally from Gujarat, India, are successful business people, with their palm plantation the 'jewel in the crown' of an empire thought to be worth around £160m.

However, Girish fell out with his three brothers...
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