Yaduveer adoption row: Court rejects Pramoda Devi Wadiyar’s plea

 The Second Additional Civil (Senior) Court has on Friday rejected Pramoda Devi Wadiyar’s plea challenging Chaduranga Kantharaj Urs petition on “illegal adoption” of Yaduveer Krishnadatta Chamaraja Wadiyar by Pramoda Devi.

Kantharaj Urs, the eldest nephew of late Srikanta Datta Narasimharaja Wadiyar, had filed a petition in the District Court challenging the adoption. He, in his petition, had said that the whole adoption process “violated The Hindu Adoptions and Maintenance Act, 1956.”

The petition pointed at the Act which says “a male or a female should not have completed the age of 15 years for the adoption.” But Yaduveer was adopted when he was 23, Kantharaj Urs argued in the petition submitted by a High Court lawyer, on his behalf. Urs also urged the court to declare the adoption “illegal and void.”

On February 19, 2015, four days before the adoption ceremony was held, Kantharaj Urs had moved a Civil Court in Bengaluru, seeking a stay on Yaduveer’s adoption. The court, however, had rejected his petition, paving the way for Yaduveer to become the scion of the royal family of Mysuru.

What the Act says

For adoption, a male or a female has to be less than 15 years unless there is a custom or usage applicable to the parties which permit persons who have completed the age of 15 years being taken in adoption.

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