My mother's bank locker in a government Bank is being contested in a partition suit amongst the heirs as one of the movable properties slated for division in an appropriate manner.
This Bank however has recently sent a letter addressed to my deceased parents which was accepted by me that they would break this locker unless their locker rental dues are cleared. Now I do not want to pay all dues by myself as there is today no communication between the heirs. Further the Bank has already been advised that all dues will be cleared in a fit manner by the court itself when it issues its directions to open the locker.
Unfortunately the courts are presently closed until Nov 15th in my state and then also the next date is some time later. Further presently there is no judge and we have to wait until a new judge is appointed.
My questions are:
1. Can the Bank break this sub-judiced locker even after being notified?
2. What are the guarantees that bank employees will not usurp some of the jewellery inside the locker when it is brokeni.e. what is the procedure for breaking a locker?
3. What can I do now to stop the Bank from breaking open the locker besides paying all rental dues by myself at this stage?