Enemy Property: Parliament Panel Seeks Info on Laws in Pakistan, Bangladesh

The 1968 Act regulates these enemy properties, and lists the powers of the Custodian.

Published: 28th March 2016 07:17 PM  |   Last Updated: 28th March 2016 07:17 PM   |  A+A-


NEW DELHI: A parliamentary panel examining a contentious Bill on enemy property today asked the government to explain what kind of laws exist in Pakistan and Bangladesh to deal with similar issues as officials from the Home and Law ministries briefed it on the measure.

The Select Committee of Rajya Sabha on the Enemy Property (Amendment and Validation) Bill, 2016, headed by BJP MP Bhupendra Yadav, has been asked to carry out detailed scrutiny of the measure that seeks to guard against claims of succession or transfer of properties left by people who migrated to Pakistan and China after the wars and amend the Enemy Property Act, 1968.

The central government had designated some properties belonging to nationals of Pakistan and China as "enemy properties" during the 1962, 1965 and 1971 conflicts. It vested these properties in the Custodian of Enemy Property for India , an office instituted under the central government.

The 1968 Act regulates these enemy properties, and lists the powers of the Custodian.

The panel has been tasked to scrutinise the Bill and submit its report in the opening week of the second part of the Budget session.

The first meeting of the panel today saw a detailed presentation about the Bill. The next meeting of the panel will be held on April 4.

Those who appeared before the panel included Utpal Chakraborty, Custodian of Enemy Properties for India and senior officers from the Home Ministry and Law Ministry.

Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi, who was to give a presentation, could not attend the meeting due to his engagement in Padma award ceremony, sources said.

Since it was the maiden meeting of the committee, which was set up on March 15, besides holding preliminary discussion on the Bill, it also discussed the manner in which it will take up the issue.

"It being the first meeting, members were briefed in detail about the salient features of the Bill by the officers.

A number of members wanted to know what laws exist in Pakistan and Bangladesh to deal with similar situation there," a source said.

The panel members also wanted to know the details of such properties in India and asked the officials to come before the committee with a list of such properties.


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