Section 29A of the Hindu Succession Act, 1956 (as applicable in Andhra Pradesh)

Joint property of minor female:

The Andhra Pradesh and Ceiling Act (Act 1 of 1973) Act was published in Andhra Pradesh Gazette on 1.1.73. Under the Act, the determination of the retainable area of agricultural land was to be done with reference to the land held by the ‘family unit’ on 1.1.75. The ‘family unit’ was defined in section 2(f) as comprising the individual, his or her spouse or spouses and their minor sons and their unmarried minor daughters. The petitioner before us was a member of the family unit as she was an unmarried minor daughter of the 2nd respondent as on 1.1.75. The declarant, her father under Section 8 was obliged to declare the total land held by himself and those lands held by other member of the family unit. The excess land was computed in respect of her father’s family unit under Section 9 of the Act and the father had to surrender the same as provided in Section 10. That excess land would vest in the State free of encumbrances under Section 11.

Under the Land Reforms Act, 1973 if the family property comprised ancestral or coparcenary property of a Hindu, and if the declarant had no major sons, the entire extent of the said property was liable to be shown in the declaration together with any separate property held by the declarant or other members of the family unit. If on the other hand, there was (say) a major son as on 1.1.75 entitled to a share in the ancestral or coparcenary property then the declarant was to declare his share in the said property along with any separate property held by himself or other members of the family unit.

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Scope of Section 47-A in Stamp Act 1899 as applicable iin Andhra Pradesh

Payment of Stamp duty — Registering Authority not bound by the value of property fixed between parties but has to follow procedure as given in Stamp Act — Held that Registering Authority rightly refused to register the document.
The Urban Land (Ceiling and Regulation) Act has nothing to do with levy of stamp duty on instruments. Exemption of collection of stamp duty is provided under the Indian stamp Act, for instance proviso to Section 3 which is already noticed. Government of India, or the state of Government as the case may be in an appropriate case may direct the excess land-holder while granting exemption under Section 20(1) (a) of the Act to dispose of the said excess land to a named society at a particular rate. That condition operates as a restriction against the owner of the land from collecting any rate or price higher than the one fixed under the order of the Government. It has nothing to do with the chageability of the stamp under the Indian Stamp Act. For various reasons a vendor may dispose of his land at much lower rate than the prevailing market rate, may be due to distress, immediate financial necessity or an account of non-availability of purchasers and for a variety of other reasons. In such a situation, it cannot be said that the rate as agreed to between the parties is the market rate. Even assuming that the Government of India granted exemption from payment of stamp duty over and above Rs.20/- per sq. metre, even then the said direction cannot prevail over the provisions of the Indian Stamp Act.
The scope of Section 47-A and Andhra Pradesh Stamp (Prevention of Under-Valuation of Instruments) Rules. 1975(5) ALT 187: 1997 (3) ALD 325 (DB) observed that when the Sub-Registrar has reason to believe that the value of the property is not correctly reflected in the instrument he may keep pending registration of such instrument and refer the matter to the collector for determination of the market-value and for proper stamp duty payable thereon. The division Bench further observed as follows:
“Under sub-section (2) of Section 47-A of the Act, the collector shall , after giving the parties adequate opportunity and after holding an enquiry, determine the market- value of the property and Under sub Section (4) the aggrieved party has got a right to appeal against the order of the collector to the Civil Court. The respondent has thus adequate remedy to agitate before the Collector satisfying him about the true market value. He has also a right of further remedy of appeal before civil Court. Thus , the respondent without availing the adequate alternative remedy, has rushed to his Court. The writ petition was therefore , not maintainable and ought to have been dismissed by the learned single judge.”
The ratio of the Division bench all along governs the field.
Bhagya Lakshmi Co-operative Housing Socity Ltd. vs. Sub-Registrar, 1999 (1) LAC 56 (AP).