Gift deeds will be valid only if they have been registered, the stamp duty paid, and all other formalities completed, the Bombay High Court recently said in a ruling. The ruling came on a battle between two sisters over their mother’s bungalow at a prime location in Chembur.
Leena D’Souza, who had claimed her family had been gifted the bungalow by her mother, was stopped from selling or creating any third party rights over the property. The reason: the gift deed, reportedly made in 1985 was registered only in 2009, 10 years after the mother’s death in 1999.
Justice Roshan Dalvi rejected Leena’s plea to vacate its interim orders, on a petition filed by the other sister, that the bungalow must come to all heirs, according to the mother’s will. The judge noted that all gift deeds have to be compulsorily registered and it becomes valid only after stamp duty and other formalities are completed.
Jashodaben also expressed unhappiness over current security set-up, where her guards travel in government vehicles like car, while despite being a PM's wife she has to travel in public transport
Prime Minister Narendra Modi's wife Jashodaben has filed an application under the Right to Information (RTI) Act with Mehsana police to seek clarity on security cover given to her. Jashodaben also wants to know what she is entitled to.
Mehsana Superintendent of Police (SP) JR Mothalia said that Jashodaben wants to know what her rights are as PM's wife as far as the security aspect is concerned.
"Today, she came to our office and filed an RTI to know about her rights as PM's wife with regard to security cover. We will give our written reply to her in stipulated time," said Mothalia.
Jashodaben lives with her brother Ashok Modi at Unjha town of Mehsana district. After Modi was sworn-in as PM, she has been given security by Mehasana police.
"We have deployed ten of our policemen, including armed guards, for her security. They work in two shifts, five each in one shift." said Police Inspector of Mehsana Special Operations Group (SOG) JS Chavda.
In her application, Jashodaben sought several documents from the police department related to her security cover given as per the protocol, including the certified copy of actual order passed by government about providing security.
She also wanted to know the laws and related provisions in Indian Constitution about security cover given to a PM's wife.
She asked the government to explain the definition of protocol and sought details about what is included under it and what other benefits she is entitled for as per that protocol.
She also expressed unhappiness about the current security set-up, where her guards travel in government vehicles like car, while despite being a PM's wife she has to travel in public transport.
Jashodaben noted that late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was killed by her own bodyguards and that she felt scared of her guards. She asked the government to make it compulsory for each guard to produce copy of deployment order.