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HINDU DISPOSITION OF PROPERTY ACT

Ministry of Law and Justice

Act nº 15 of 1916


  • Act nº 15 of 1916

Preamble

THE HINDU DISPOSITION OF PROPERTY ACT, 1916

[Act, No. 15 of 1916]

[28th September, 1916]

PREAMBLE

An act to remove certain existing disabilities in respect of the power of disposition of property by Hindus for the benefit of persons not in existence at the date of such disposition.

WHEREAS it is expedient to remove certain existing disabilities in respect of the power of disposition of property by Hindus for the benefit of persons not in existence at the date of such disposition ; it is hereby enacted as follows:---

Section 1. Short title and extent

(1) This Act may be called the Hindu Disposition of Property Act, 1916.

(2) It extends in the first instance to{ Substituted, by the A.O.1950 for "all the Provinces of India except".} [the whole of India] {Substituted, by the Adaptation of Laws (No.2) Order, 1956, for "except Part BStates and the State of Madras".} [except the territories which, immediately before the 26th January, 1950, were comprised in the Province of Madras and the territories which, immediately before the 1st October 1956, were comprised in Part BStates]: Provided that the { Substituted, by the A.O.1937 for "G.G in C."} [ State Government] may, by notification in the official Gazette, extend this Act {Substituted by the Adaptation of Laws (No.2) Order, 1956, for "to the State of Madras" }[to any part of the said territories of Madras.]

Section 2. Disposition for the benefit of persons not in existence

Subject to the limitations and provisions specified in this Act, no disposition of property by a Hindu, whether by a transfer inter vivos or by will, shall be invalid by reason only that any person for whose such benefit it may have been made was not in existence at the date of such disposition.

Section 3. Limitations and conditions

The limitations and provisions referred to in section 2 shall be the following, namely:

(a) in respect of dispositions by transfer inter vivos, those contained in {Substituted by Act 21 1929, sections 12, for "sections 13, 14 and 20".}[Chapter II] of the Transfer of Property Act, 1882, (4 of 1882) and

(b) in respect of disposition by will, those contained in {Substituted by Act 21 of 1929, sections 12, for "sections 100 and 101 of the Indian Succession Act, 1865".}[sections 113, 114 and 115 of the Indian Succession Act, 1925].

Section 4. Failure of prior disposition[Repealed]

Rep.by the Transfer of Property (Amendment) Supplementary Act,1929 (21 of 1929), section 12.

Section 5. Applications of this Act to the Khoja community

Where the {Substituted, by the A.O.1937, for "C.G.in C".} [State Government] is of opinion that the Khoja community in {Substituted, by the A.O.1937, for "British India".} [the State] or any part thereof desire that the provisions of this Act should be extended to such community {Substituted, by the A.O.1937, for "he".}[it] may, by notification in the Official Gazette, declare that the provisions of this Act, with the substitution of the word "Khojas" or "Khoja", as the case may be, for the word "Hindus" or "Hindu" wherever those words occur, shall apply to that community in such area as may be specified in the notification, and this Act shall thereupon have effect accordingly.