Great-grandchildren Not Part of ‘family’

A concession on payment of stamp duty in cases of immoveable properties being settled among family members cannot be claimed, if the settlement is made in favour of great-grandchildren, the Madras High Court Bench has ruled.

Justice R Sudhakar and Justice VM Velumani held that the definition of the term ‘family’, in the Indian Stamp Act 1899, must be considered as ‘exhaustive’ and not ‘illustrative’. Amendments made by the state government (to the Central enactment) defined the term ‘family members’ to mean father, mother, husband, wife, son, daughter, grandchild, brother, sister, adoptive father, adoptive mother, adopted son and adopted daughter.

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