Cooch Behar Merger Agreement: Agreement concluded on this twenty-eighth day of August 1949 between the Governor-General of India and His Highness the Maharaja of Cooch Behar. In the best interest of the State of Cooch Behar and the Dominion of India, it is desirable to provide for the management of this State by or under the authority of the Dominion Government: it is agreed as follows:~ Article – 1 :- Its sovereignty over the Maharaja of Cooch Behar thus gives the Dominion Government exclusive authority, competence and powers for and with regard to the governance of the State and consents, to transfer the administration of the State to the Dominion Government on 12 September 1949 (hereinafter referred to as “the date mentioned”). From that date, the Dominion Government shall have the power to exercise the above powers, powers and jurisdictions in such manner as it deems appropriate. Article – 2: – His Maharaja sovereignty will continue to enjoy the same personality rights, privileges, dignity and titles that he would have appreciated if this agreement had not been concluded. Article – 3: – His Highness of Maharaja is entitled, with effect from this day, to receive for his life revenues of the State each year for his secret purse the sum of Rupie eight Lakhs fifty thousand exempt from all taxes. After him, the inaugurated coins are fixed only to the rupees seven lakhs. This amount is intended to cover all expenses of the sovereign and his family, including expenses related to his personal staff, maintenance of his homes, weddings and other ceremonies, etc., and will not be increased or decreased for any reason. The Government of India undertakes to pay the above sum of eight lakhs fifty thousand rupees to His Highness the Maharaja in four equal instalments in advance at the beginning of each quarter from the State Treasury or to a Treasury established by the Government of India. Article – 4: – Its Maharaja sovereignty is entitled to full ownership, use and enjoyment of all private property (unlike the property of the State) which belongs to it at the time of this Convention.
Before September 15, 1949, his Maharajah sovereignty would bring to the attention of the Dominion government an inventory of all the immobility, titles, and cash assets he held as private property. In the event of a dispute over whether a property is the private property of His Highness of the Maharaja or the property of the State, it is referred to a qualified bailiff to be appointed as a judge of the Supreme Court, and the decision of this officer is final and binding on both parties. Article – 5: All members of His Highness` family are entitled to all privileges, dignities and personal titles they enjoy inside or outside the territory, just before August 15, 1947. Article – 6: – The dominion government guarantees the succession of the Gaddi of the State and his sovereignty of the Maharajas according to the law and custom of the personal rights, privileges, dignity and title of the Maharajas. Article – 7: – No investigation may be conducted by or under the authority of the Government of India and no proceedings may be instituted before a court of Cooch Behar against His Highness, either in his personal capacity or otherwise, concerning anything done or omitted by him or under his authority during the period of his administration, implementation or omission. Article – 8: – (i) The Government of India thus guarantees either the forces of retention in the service of the permanent members of the public services of Cooch Behar, under conditions which are no less advantageous than those under which they are transferred to the Government of India before the date on which the administration of Cooch Behar is transferred to the Government of India, or the payment of appropriate compensation. . . .