The Enemy Property Bill was passed in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday. This effectively means that the descendants of the people who migrated to Pakistan and China during the period of Partition and also after the 1962 war cannot claim properties left behind in India.
- Following the migration that took place in the aftermath of Partition, the 1965 and 1971 wars, the government took over the properties and companies of those persons who then became Pakistani nationals. These properties and companies were declared as enemy properties.
- The properties were then vested in the Custodian of Enemy Property for India, which is an office under the union government. The highest number of such properties were found in Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal and Delhi.
- Through this amendment, the government proposes to ensure that no claims of succession or transfer are made.
- Following the death of the person who had migrated to Pakistan, the tagged enemy ceases to exist and hence his or her relatives can claim the property.
- The government, however, wanted to ensure that this is not allowed and all such properties remain vested with the Custodian of Enemy Property for India.