Enemy Property Act, 1968

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Enemy Property Act, 1968
Enemy Property Act, 1968
Enacted byParliament of India
Date passed1968
Date enacted1968
Introduced byKiren Rijiju
Status: In force

The Enemy Property Act, 1968 is an Act of the Parliament of India, which enables and regulates the appropriation of property in India owned by Pakistani nationals. The act was passed following the Indo-Pakistani War of 1965.[1] Ownership is passed to the Custodian for Enemy Property for India, a government department.[1] There are also movable properties categorized as enemy properties.[1]

Amendments: Enemy Property (Amendment and Validation) Bill, 2016[edit]

Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju in Modi Government introduced the Enemy Property (Amendment and Validation) Bill, 2016. [2] The measure seeks to replace an ordinance promulgated to this effect on 7 January 2016.[2]

The 2016 bill seeks to do the following:

  • The Bill amends the Enemy Property Act, 1968, to vest all rights, titles and interests over enemy property in the Custodian for the Enemy Property for India.
  • The Bill declares transfer of enemy property by the enemy, conducted under the Act, to be void. This applies retrospectively to transfers that have occurred before or after 1968.
  • The Bill prohibits civil courts and other authorities from entertaining disputes related to enemy property.[3]

The Bill was passed by the Rajya Sabha on 10 March 2017.[4] The Bill, with amendments made in the Rajya Sabha, was passed by the Lok Sabha on 14 March 2017.[5]


  1. ^ a b c "Lok Sabha passes bill to amend Enemy Property Act", The Economic Times, 9 March 2016
  2. ^ a b "Bill to amend Enemy Property Act introduced in Parliament", The Economic Times, 8 March 2016
  3. ^ "No court appeal, no succession law: How Bill keeps enemy property with Custodian". The Indian Express. 11 March 2016. Retrieved 14 June 2016.
  4. ^ Correspondent, Special. "Enemy Property Bill passed amid Opposition walkout". The Hindu. Retrieved 14 March 2017.
  5. ^ "Parliament passes Enemy Property bill". The Indian Express. 14 March 2017. Retrieved 14 March 2017.