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SC: NRIs can evict tenants under Rent Act in Punjab, UT

November 16, 2019 06:19 AM

COURTESY TIMES  OF INDIA NOV 16
‘Preferential Right Not Arbitrary’
Ajay.Sura@timesgroup.com

Chandigarh:

The Supreme Court (SC) has made it clear that the preferential right given to non-resident Indians (NRIs) to evict tenants from their properties is not arbitrary or does not violate the right to equality.


A full bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, Justice L Nageswara Rao and Justice Sanjiv Khanna of the Supreme Court passed these orders while upholding the constitutional validity of Section 13-B of the East Punjab Urban Rent Restriction Act, 1949 (Rent Act).

“Section 13-B of the Rent Act cannot be held to be unconstitutional because it grants a right to claim eviction for bona fide need by summary procedure to NRIs subject to and on the satisfaction of statutory conditions. The plea that Section 13-B ought to be struck down on the ground that similar rights can be extended to other landlords is without substance and should be rejected. It rests with the legislature to make laws and extend it to other similarly-situated persons. The Rent Act invariably gives similar rights by a controlled mechanism and alluded riders to various other classes/ groups of landlords, namely, government servants, members of armed forces, the retired or soon to retire employees of the central and the state governments, widows, etc,” the SC observed.

The top court also clarified that the present provisions serve a specific policy objective to ensure the right of the NRIs to occupy their property in the UT of Chandigarh and the state of Punjab after “returning” to their country.

The bench has also made it clear that the Punjab government is within its right to implement such law in the state and the central government is empowered to implement such provisions within the area of UT of Chandigarh.


NRIs can file eviction plea only once

In this case, several appeals were filed before the apex court by tenants of different residential and non-residential buildings in the UT of Chandigarh and urban areas in the state of Punjab.

They had challenged the constitutional validity of Section 13-B of the East Punjab Urban Rent Restriction Act, 1949 (Rent Act) and its extension to the UT Chandigarh by central government through notification dated October 9, 2009. Section 13-B gives a right to NRIs to recover immediate possession of residential/scheduled/nonresidential buildings situated in the UT Chandigarh and urban areas in Punjab.

The right of NRIs, however, are not absolute because to get preferential right to evict the tenant, the NRI landlord should have been the owner of the premises for five years before the eviction petition is filed. He is permitted to file an eviction petition only once during the lifetime and in respect of one building only.

The rule also imposes a restriction on sale or lease of the premises for a period of five years from the date of taking possession from the tenant.

 

 
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