Delhi: Woman allowed to sell house to safeguard son`s future
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Last Updated: Monday, May 30, 2011, 22:13
New Delhi: A widow was allowed on Monday by a Delhi court to sell her house bought by her late husband on a bank loan, to clear the debt, meet her day-to-day expenses and to safeguard her child's future.

Additional District Judge Arun Bhardwaj gave the order on a plea by Dwarka resident Vashali Grewal who told the court that she was merely a housewife having no income to meet her day-to-day expenses or even to pay back the monthly installment of the loan for her house.

Vashali, wife of Inderjeet Singh Grewal, who died on March 26, 2010, had approached the court seeking its approval to sell her house in Dwarka.

"In the opinion of this court, sale of property is for meeting the necessities of the minor child and the woman is entitled to sell it," the judge said, permitting her to sell the house but for not less than Rs 45 lakhs, which the collector's report had assessed as its market value.

To protect the interest of the child, the court asked her to deposit half of the sale amount, Rs 22.5 lakh, in her son's name till he turns major.

"Vashali, who is the mother of the minor child, has no interest adverse to the interest of child. Rather, there is no other better person to safeguard the interest and welfare of minor," the court said while allowing her to sell the house.

The woman had told the court that her husband, who was a practising lawyer, was a handicap having 75 percent permanent physical disability in both his lower limbs.

Inderjeet, being a handicapped person, was alloted the flat under reserved category and had bought it on a loan of Rs six lakhs from ICICI Bank in July 2003.

"There is a loan against the property and I am paying monthly installments without any source of income. I am seeking permission to sell the house so that I can purchase a smaller flat and to invest the remaining amount for the welfare and benefit of my son," Vashali told the court.


First Published: Monday, May 30, 2011, 22:13

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