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- Following the Chinese aggression in 1962, Indo-Pak conflict in 1965 and the Indo-Pak war of 1971, movable and immovable properties of enemy have been vested in Government of India by the Defence of India Rules, 1962. The office of Custodian of Enemy Property for India (CEPI) was established under the Enemy Property Act, 1968. Custodian is assisted by Dy. Custodians and Assistant Custodians.
- The office of the Custodian of Enemy Property for India, worked under the aegis of the Ministry of Commerce upto October 1969, from November, 1969 to February, 1973 under the Ministry of Foreign Trade, from March, 1973 to June, 2007 under the Ministry of Commerce & Industry and thereafter, it was transferred to Ministry of Home Affairs by a Presidential Notification dated 28 th June, 2007.
- Presently, the Office of the CEPI is a statutory authority under the provisions of the Enemy Property Act, 1968 (as amended in 2017) and a subordinate office under Ministry of Home Affairs, Freedom Fighters Division, with its Head Office at New Delhi and three Branch offices at Mumbai, Kolkata and Lucknow.
- The Enemy Property Act 1968, amended from time to time (latest amendment 2017), governs the vesting, preservation, management, control, sale, transfer of rights, disposal and other forms of usage of Enemy Property. The Enemy Property Act empowers the Custodian of Enemy Property for India to continue to hold such property that vests in him including the rights, title, interest and benefits arising out of such property.
- The Custodian is a quasi judicial Authority under the Enemy Property Act and a Civil Court under the Civil Procedure Court,1908 for the purpose of Section 11 of the Act.
- Under section 18 of the Enemy Property Act, appeal against CEPI vesting order lies with the JS (FFR) of the Ministry of Home Affairs where, if aggrieved appeal can be preferred in the High Court.
- There are 12610 number of Enemy Properties (belonging to Pakistan Nationals and Chinese Nationals), which have been declared and are vested in the Custodian of Enemy Property for India.