So it was quite surprising when all the male members—Basant Kumar, Ganga Prasad, Sudarshan Kumar, Kumar Mangalam (who inherited the A.V. Birla group) and Yashovardhan—united together on July 13. That day, Rajendra S. Lodha, a chartered accountant and the auditor for several Birla group companies, read out the will of the late Priyamvada Birla. The four-line document stated that M.P. Birla’s widow, who died on July 3 without a heir and controlled a business empire of Rs 5,000 crore apart from other properties, had given everything to a rank outsider, Lodha himself.