The Raymond Group is a household name in India, producing apparel brands and textiles worn by millions. Vijaypat Singhania was the mastermind behind the company and its initial development. His son, Gautam, has since led the group into more sectors in an attempt to widen the revenue net. Both are also known for their adventurous streaks: the father was a noted aviator, flying commercial aircraft for free and even setting records with his microlight and balloon flights, while his son loves fast cars and has raced them on circuits around the world . Yet while they may have once shared a dream father-son relationship, the duo have been involved in a bitter war since 2015, which has involved expensive lawsuits and even the police. Here’s what you need to know about one of the richest families in India and their feud that seemingly has no end in sight. A rare glimpse inside Ambani brothers Jai Anmol and Jai Anshul’s family life How it started Back in 2015, Raymond Group patriarch Vijaypat handed over a 37 per cent stake in his billion-dollar textile empire to his son, Gautam. According to Mumbai Mirror, part of the handover agreement stipulated that Vijaypat would receive a flat in the Singhania family’s 36-storey mansion, JK House, in Mumbai – one of India’s most luxurious homes . In 2017, the company made headlines because Vijaypat took the family feud to court. According to NDTV, he alleged that he was forced to live in a rented flat, which Raymond Group had refused to reimburse him for. Vijaypat insisted that the agreement about a flat in JK House, which was divided among the family, was being ignored. Money Control reported that the court dismissed the issue, citing it as a family affair that should be settled outside among themselves. Shah Rukh Khan’s crazy rich life, from private island villas to vanity vans A worsening rift In an interview with NDTV, Vijaypat said he never dreamt he would have to take his own son to court because of what he called greed. The 82-year-old claimed not to have a roof over his head, despite building Raymond into a billion-dollar business. Gautam, on the other hand, said his father was being misled by “vested interests”, reported NDTV . He said he had to stand by what he believed was right and, as the chairman of the company and the son of the man who built it, that meant he had to make difficult decisions. The Ambanis, reunited: their first public gathering of 2021 View this post on Instagram A post shared by BRANDS OF INDIA (@brands.of.india) Gautam said he and his father have always shared a good relationship and blamed outsiders for trying to influence his father in creating a wedge between them. He added that he was open to an amicable solution, but that his father has said he could never comprehend their relationship going “back to normal”. Anil and Tina Ambani’s sweet love story – and 4 years apart Vijaypat sacked In a letter widely distributed on September 7, 2018, Vijaypat was removed from his position as chairman emeritus of Raymond Group. According to Mumbai Mirror , the letter was written by company secretary Thomas Fernandes. The letter apparently cited Vijaypat’s “unparliamentary and derogatory language” in his correspondence to the board as a reason for his dismissal. Although the letter also said the family feud had nothing to do with the decision, the move ultimately deepened the rift between father and son. 6 big fat Indian weddings, from Ambani bashes to an epic European cruise More legal battles According to Mumbai Mirror, in 2019, Vijaypat reported a case of theft and criminal trespass against his son and other Raymond Group officials. He alleged that “invaluable and important” documents were removed from his room in Mahindra Towers. He had reportedly first gone to police about the incident, but his visit was not registered. He then approached the courts. The magistrate ordered an investigation. Vijaypat claimed that property title deeds, investment documents and income tax returns were stolen. A gold medal given to him by the president of India, photographs and paintings were apparently missing too. Which Indian billionaire earned more than Elon Musk this year? Gautam denied the allegations and said in a statement the accusations were “baseless and malicious”. He went on to add, “I feel extremely pained that at his age, he is involved in denunciations just to gain media mileage and cheap publicity.” 4 untold stories from Mukesh Ambani’s childhood Is peace in the cards? After news broke that his father planned to write a tell-all book, Gautam approached the Mumbai courts with an injunction to put a halt to the autobiography. The case was dismissed and although Gautam said at the time he was weighing up whether to appeal the decision, he insisted he had kept quiet about the allegations his father had made about him for years. In an interview with India’s Economic Times , Gautam said his father’s accusations against him are a “figment of his imagination” as he can’t tell the difference between truth and fact, calling it a “process of ageing”. Gautam also said he had offered for his father to live with him on numerous occasions, and that he will forever “be indebted to [Vijaypat] for the rest of my life. Anybody who thinks I have kicked him out is wrong. I am clarifying it. He is still my father. Many people have tried to intervene but to no avail”. He said he was always open to peace and making amends with the man who built the Raymond empire. Better than Antilia? Inside Isha Ambani’s US$61m diamond-themed marital home Vijaypat won’t go quietly However, there seems to be no end to the Singhania war. In an interview with Money Control in December 2020, Vijaypat said he spends most of his time with lawyers as he continues to fight legal cases involving his son. He said there had been big changes in Raymond’s corporate life since his time at the helm of the empire, insisting that company values have been eroded and that there is no more family respect. When asked what he was doing in retirement, he said he had not retired, but had been thrown out by his son. Want more stories like this? Sign up here. Follow STYLE on Facebook , Instagram , YouTube and Twitter .