Maharaja Chait Singh – UPSC Prelims

Maharaja Chait Singh:
  • Maharaja Chait Singh was a ruler of the Kingdom of Benaras. He acquired the throne of Banaras in 1771 with the help of British authorities.
  • In 1773, the Maharaja transferred the domain to the East India Company, under the control of Warren Hastings.
  • Under British terms, the Maharaja was forced to contribute cavalry and maintenance grants for the company’s sepoy battalions. But he refused to comply with the British orders.
  • After this, British soldiers were deployed at the Raja’s fort at the Shivala Ghat. But the soldiers were killed in the conflict and the governor-general was forced to retreat.
  • Why in News? Mentioned by PM in his speech