The State Bank of India Act,1955
Section 6. Transfer of assets and liabilities of the Imperial Bank to the State Bank
(1) Subject to the other provisions contained in this Act, on the appointed day,
(a) All shares in the capital of the Imperial Bank shall be transferred to, and shall vest in, the Reserve Bank, free of all trusts, liabilities and encumbrances, and
(b) The undertaking of the Imperial Bank shall be transferred to, and shall vest in, the State Bank.
(2) The undertaking of the Imperial Bank shall be deemed to include all rights, powers, authorities and privileges, and all property, movable and immovable, including cash balances, reserve funds, investments and all other interests and rights in, or arising out of, such property as may be in the possession of that Bank immediately before the appointed day, and all books, accounts, and documents relating thereto, and shall also be deemed to include all debts, liabilities and obligations of whatever kind then existing of that Bank.
(3) Without prejudice to the provisions contained in section 7, all contracts and other instruments of whatever nature, subsisting or having effect immediately before the appointed day and to which the Imperial Bank is a party, shall be of as full force and effect against or in favour of the State Bank, as the case may be, and may be enforced as fully and effectually as if instead of the Imperial Bank the State Bank had been a party thereto.
(4) If on the appointed day any suit, appeal or other legal proceeding of whatever nature, is pending by or against the Imperial Bank, the same shall not abate, be discontinued or be in any way prejudicially affected by reason of the transfer to the State Bank of the undertaking of the Imperial Bank or of anything contained in this Act, but the suit, appeal or other proceeding may be continued, prosecuted and enforced by or against the State Bank.