Cooch Behar Merger Agreement: The agreement made this twenty-eighth day of August 1949 between the Governor General of India and Her Majesty the Maharaja of Cooch Behar. In the best interests of the State of Cooch Behar and the Dominion of India, it is desirable to ensure the management of that state by or under the authority of the Dominion government: Article – 1: – Its sovereignty of the Maharajah of Cooch Behar cedes full and exclusive authority to the Dominion government. , jurisdiction and jurisdiction over government and commits to delegating state administration to the Dominion government on September 12, 1949 (the so-called „date“). From that date, the Dominion government will have the power to exercise the aforementioned powers, powers and jurisdictions through the Agency it deems appropriate. Article – 2:- His sovereignty of the Maharajah will continue to enjoy the same personal rights, privileges, dignity and titles that he would have appreciated had this agreement not been reached. Article – 3:- His sovereignty of the Maharajah will be allowed, with effect of the day mentioned, to obtain for his life revenues from the state annually for his private handbag the sum of eight lakhs fifty thousand free of all taxes. After him, the privy coins are fixed only seven lakhs in the rupees. This amount is intended to cover all expenses of the sovereign and his family, including expenses related to his personal staff, the maintenance of his residences, weddings and other ceremonies, etc., and will not, for any reason, be increased or decreased. The Indian government assumes the aforementioned sum of eight lakh fifty thousand will be to His sovereignty of the Maharaja in four advance payments at the beginning of each quarter of the public treasury or such treasury, as indicated by the Government of India. Article – 4:- Its sovereignty of the Maharajah is entitled to the full ownership, exploitation and enjoyment of all private real estate (unlike state property) owned by it at the time of the agreement. His Highness, the Maharajah, will present to the Dominion government, before September 15, 1949, an inventory of all the real estate, securities and cash holdings he holds as such. When a dispute arises over whether an object is the private property of its sovereignty, the maharajah or state property, it is referred to a judicial official who is to be appointed a judge of the Supreme Court, and that delegate`s decision is final and binding on both parties. Article – 5 :- All members of its sovereignty are entitled, immediately before 15 August 1947, to all prerogatives, dignitys and personal titles which belong to them in the territory or outside the national territory.
Article – 6 :- The Dominion government guarantees the succession, according to law and habit, to the Gaddi of the state and its majesty the personal rights, privileges, dignity and titles of the Maharajah. Article – 7:- No investigation by the Indian government or under the authority of the Indian government, and no proceedings may be brought before a Cooch Behar court against His Highness, Maharadja, in a personal or other capacity, concerning something that has been done or omitted by him or under his authority during the duration of his administration. Article – 8: – (i) The Indian government heresafter guarantees either the permanent members of Cooch Behar`s public services on terms that will be no less advantageous than the conditions to which it will be handed over before the date of the handover of Cooch Behar`s administration to the Indian government, or the payment of appropriate compensation.