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    The proposed amendment in the Enemy Property Act

    The refugee families from undivided Punjab, undivided Bengal, Sindh and Baluchistan shudder hearing the name of this Act. Due to this infamous Act enacted by Pakistan and Bangladesh, refugee people who left Pakistan and Bangladesh and settled in India lost properties worth thousands of crores. In short, the Enemy Property Act states that the people who left Pakistan or Bangladesh after partition would be treated as enemy and their property would be confiscated by the Government (Pakistan/ Bangladesh). At the same time, the Act also provides that such people would not be able to transfer/sell their land to their relatives or friends. As a result, crores of people lost their land in Pakistan and Bangladesh.

    In India also, there is Enemy Property Act. This Act was enacted in 1968. The Act is more or less similar to the Act of Pakistan and Bangladesh with only one major exception. Before leaving India, a person can sell/ transfer the land to any other person. As a result of this provision in Indian Act, Indian Government would not be able to confiscate lands of such persons who left India for Bangladesh or Pakistan, because before leaving the country, they would transfer their lands to their relatives or friends. But now, a major Amendment has been proposed in the Enemy Property Act 1968 by the present Indian Government. The Amendment declares transfer of enemy property as void. In addition the amendment prohibits civil courts from entertaining any dispute with regard to the enemy property.

    As a result of this Amendment, Government of India would be able to confiscate the properties of those persons who leave India to settle in enemy countries. I whole-heartedly support this proposed Amendment.
  • #593482
    Great to gather information from the author that the Enemy Property Act. which was the disputed act ever since partition has happened is now ready for amendments so that the Act was enacted in 1968 would now give sweeping powers to the government to confiscate and auction those valuable property of people who turned as enemies of our country by having asylum in other countries. Probably the first one to be affected by this would be underworld Don Dawood Ibrahim. His properties scattered across the country can be confiscated now and auctioned to get revenue for the government. Like wise Beleaguered Industrialist Vijay Mallaya's vast Industrial and real estate properties can be auctioned as we know he has duped nearly 10,000 crores of rupees to Indian banks .
    K Mohan
    'Idhuvum Kadandhu Pogum "
    Even this challenging situation would ease

  • #593521
    Mr. Mohan: Just now I have seen your response. This Act is applicable for those who left/leave India to settle in China, Pakistan and Bangladesh.
    Caution: Explosive. Handle with care.


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