16. Restoration of evacuee property.
1[(1) Subject to such rules as may be made in this behalf, any evacuee or any person claiming to be an heir of an evacuee may apply to the Central Government or to any person authorized by the Central Government in this behalf (hereinafter in this section referred to as the authorized person) that any evacuee property which has vested in the Custodian and to which the applicant would have been entitled if this Act were not in force, may be restored to him.]
2[(l -A) No application made under sub-section (1) shall be entertained unless-
(a) Before making the application the applicant has filed all appeals and revision applications permissible under this Act against the order declaring the property of the evacuee to be evacuee property and the Custodian-General has made a final order in the case; and
(b) The application is made within sixty days of the final order of the Custodian-General:
Provided that any such application by an evacuee who migrated to West Pakistan from the State of Uttar Pradesh during the period between the 1st day of February, 1950 and the 31st day of May, 1950, and who is permitted to return to India for permanent resettlement may be entertained if it is made within sixty days of the return of the evacuee to India:
Provided further that nothing contained in this sub-section shall apply to an application under sub-section (1) which is pending on the commencement of the Administration of Evacuee Property (Amendment) Act, 1954 (42 of 1954).
Explanation-In this sub-section, the expression “Custodian General” shall include a Deputy Custodian-General and an Assistant Custodian-General.]
3[(2) On receipt of an application under sub-section (1), the Central Government or the authorized person, as the case may be, shall cause public notice thereof to be given in the prescribed manner, and after causing an inquiry into the claim to be held in such manner as may be prescribed, shall-
(a) If satisfied-
(i) That the conditions prescribed by rules made in this behalf have been satisfied;
(ii) That the evacuee property is the property of the applicant; and
(iii) That if is just or proper that the evacuee property should be restored to him;
Make an order restoring the property to the applicant, or
(b) If not so satisfied, reject the application:
Provided that where the application is rejected on the ground that the evacuee property is not the property of the applicant, the rejection of the application shall not prejudice the right of the applicant to establish his title to the property in a Civil Court, or
(c) If there is any doubt with respect to the title of the applicant to the property, refer him to a Civil Court, or the determination of his title:
Provided that no order for the restoration of any evacuee property shall be made under this sub-section unless provision has been made in the prescribed manner for the recovery of any amount due to the Custodian in respect of the property or the management thereof.]
(3) Upon the restoration of the property to the evacuee or to the heir, as the case may be, the Custodian shall stand absolved of all responsibilities in respect of the property so restored, but such restoration shall not prejudice the rights, if any, in respect of the property which any other person may be entitled to enforce against the person to whom the property has been so restored:
Provided that every lease granted in respect of the property by or on behalf of the Custodian shall have effect against the person to whom restoration is made until such lease is determined by lapse of time or by operation of law.
4[Explanation. – For the purposes of the proviso to this sub-section, an allotment shall be deemed to be a lease and shall have effect against the person to whom restoration is made to the same extent and in the same manner as if it were a lease.]
(4) The Custodian shall, on demand, furnish to the evacuee or to the heir, as the case may be, a statement containing an abstract of the account of the income received and expenditure incurred in respect of the property.
1. Subs. by Act 91 of 1956, Sec. 6, for sub- section (1) (w.e.f. 22nd October, 1956).
2. Ins. by Act 42 of 1954, Sec. 6.
3. Subs. by Act 91 of 1956. Sec. 6., for sub-sections (2) and (2-A) (w.e.f. 22nd October, 1956).
4. Ins. by Act 42 of 1954 Sec. 6.