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What is Enemy Property Act? How Narendra Modi gave Pakistan a major jolt again by passing Enemy Property Act!

Parliament passes Enemy Property bill in this Budget Session. Both Houses of Parliament has passed this and now it will soon be notified after President signed the Law.

According to the bill, “Enemy property” refers to any property belonging to, held or managed on behalf of successors of those who migrated to Pakistan and China during partition will have no claim over the properties left behind in India. This is an amendment bill over 49 years old Law. The Enemy Property (Amendment and Validation) bill, 2016, which amends the Enemy Property Act, 1968, was passed by voice vote in the Lok Sabha, incorporating the amendments made by the Rajya Sabha last week.

The Lok Sabha had passed the bill earlier but certain amendments were introduced to it in the Rajya Sabha, on the recommendations of a Select Committee. Those amendments had to be approved by the Lower House, which was done on Tuesday.

According to the bill, “Enemy property” refers to any property belonging to, held or managed on behalf of an enemy, an enemy subject or an enemy firm. The government has vested these properties in the custodian of Enemy Property for India, an office instituted under the central government. After the Indo-Pakistan War of 1965, the Enemy Property Act was enacted in 1968, which regulates such properties and lists the custodian’s powers.

The most important story of real claim laid by the heirs of Raja Mohammad Amir Mohammad Khan, known as Raja of Mahmudabad, on his properties have been spread across the states of Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand. The matter is before the Supreme Court.

He has huge property of approx covering half of Lucknow in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand. Pakistan wanted to get monetary value over his property but now this Law will back government to siege all those property.

Pakistan has seized the properties of Indian citizens. It will be natural justice if their property (of those who migrated to Pakistan) is not returned,”

The minister assured the house that there will be no human rights violations following the amendments as the rights if Indian citizens are not being taken away. “The law only applies on heirs of enemy property. The tenants of those properties will be governed by the Tenancy Act.

This will be tit for tat by India and huge gain for Government of India.

Narendra Modi must be appreciated for taking strict action by enacting a strong law along with Benami Property Act.


Abhishek Singh

 

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