Parliament Passes Enemy Property Bill

Successors of those who migrated to Pakistan and China during partition will have no claim over the properties left behind in India, with Parliament passing a bill to amend a 49-year-old law. The Enemy Property 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. 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.