Govt drops plans on fresh Ordinance on Enemy Property
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Last Updated: Tuesday, September 07, 2010, 22:02
New Delhi: Taking into account the differing views of various political parties, government on Tuesday dropped plans for a fresh Ordinance on the fate of properties left behind by those who went to Pakistan during partition and decided to bring a new bill in the next session of Parliament.

The Cabinet, at a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh here, noted that there was no urgency to bring an ordinance on Enemy Property to replace the one that has expired with the completion of the Monsoon session of Parliament on August 31.

During the Monsoon Session, the government was forced to withdraw the Enemy Property (Amendment and Validation) Bill, 2010 after the opposition by various parties.

The bill, brought in the backdrop of various court rulings, made it clear that judiciary would have no jurisdiction over occupation of such properties and the decision would solely be taken by the government.

At the Cabinet meeting, Home Minister P Chidambaram noted that several political parties had spoken in favour or against the bill and therefore it would be appropriate to take everyone on board on the issue, sources said.

Some ministers recalled that leaders from various parties had either met Leader of the Lok Sabha and Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee or the Prime Minister to oppose the Ordinance.

Keeping these aspects in view, the Cabinet decided against bringing an Ordinance and instead opt for legislative route.

"The Cabinet decided to bring a bill on Enemy Property in the Winter Session of Parliament incorporating the original Ordinance as well as the official amendments," an official spokesman said.

With the government deciding against the fresh Ordinance, the Supreme Court judgement that such properties be given to the legal heirs would be applicable till a new law is enacted.


First Published: Tuesday, September 07, 2010, 22:02

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